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For the past two-hundred and twenty-five years the United States of America has been its own empire However prior to this time this country was the equivalent of young child trying to find its own identity Great Britain was the mother country for the colonies that had settled onto North American soil during the 1600s For a time Great Britain guided supported and ruled this new world As the colonies settled into the Eighteenth century they entered the realm of adolescence wanting more freedom less rule and more of a voice in what would ultimately be their own destiny For over 100 years the United States willingly accepted rule from Parliament Yet as Englands situation at home worsened during the mid-eighteenth century they looked over to the new world to help dig them out of the financial trench they were in Between the years 1763 and 1775 Great Britain placed a number of acts taxes and bullying schemes upon the colonies in hopes of easing their own monetary woes Consequently these actions which were being pounded upon the colonies proved to be more than they could stand Finally in 1775 the revolutionary minds of the colonies banded together to fight for their freedom What I plan to discuss in the following pages is what the British government did to bring the thirteen colonies of the United States to a state of revolt At the conclusion of the Seven Years War England had taken a financial beating Though they were still the most powerful and prosperous nation in the world England had doubled their national debt Furthermore they now had to administer the huge territory consisting of Canada and the eastern Mississippi Valley This would also prove to be a financial burden The British needed a solution and they thought to have found it on the opposite side of the Atlantic The American colonies were regarded as great enterprises to be directed by those who would
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