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  •  "French and Indian War" wasn't the whole picture (3+ / 0-)
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    a2nite, vcmvo2, Laconic Lib

    It was actually a colonial sideshow to the Seven Years' War, which raged all over Europe at the same time. England and France got into it with each other, in fact, everywhere either or both had colonies. (And various allies had their own agendas, too....)

    The cost of the war, however, was ruinous, and the Brits felt, rather reasonably on the whole, that the Colonies should bear their "fair share" of the burden. And if they'd been asked and been a party to the discussions, who knows? They might even have agreed. But they weren't asked, they were told. Nobody likes that approach.

    If it's
    Not your body,
    Then it's
    Not your choice
    And it's
    None of your damn business!

    by TheOtherMaven on Sat Jan 19, 2013 at 10:30:19 AM PST

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    •  It was hardly a sideshow (2+ / 0-)
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      a2nite, Laconic Lib

      It was one of the main shows, the other, IIRC, being the naval battles in the Caribbean for control of the West Indies and such. Remember that the FIW wasn't just about the lands west of the colonies, but also about Canada. England ended up vastly increasing its land and sea empire as a result of the war. Arguably, since colonists weren't allowed to colonize and develop the lands gained west of the Appalachians, they shouldn't have been taxed to help pay for the war since they didn't directly benefit from it. But being part of the empire, it was only fair that they paid for some of it, and it was understood that eventually those lands would have to be colonized since it was impossible to impose that restriction. Obviously, though, the British mishandled how they imposed and collected these taxes.

      "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

      by kovie on Sat Jan 19, 2013 at 11:44:18 AM PST

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      •  You're still missing the big picture (0+ / 0-)

        and focusing ONLY on North America.

        North American sources of course focus on that aspect, because it's part of their history. But there was also fighting in Central Europe over Silesia and Pomerania, in South America (Spain was allied with France, Portugal with Britain, so this was an early "proxy war"), in India (where a fellow named Clive made his reputation, much good it eventually did him), and even in West Africa, where the British grabbed control of Senegal and Gambia via naval assault. It was all very messy and hard to follow, but when the dust settled Britain and their allies had the upper hand.

        If it's
        Not your body,
        Then it's
        Not your choice
        And it's
        None of your damn business!

        by TheOtherMaven on Sun Jan 20, 2013 at 12:01:00 AM PST

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