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The Access to History sequence is the preferred and relied on sequence for AS- and A-level background scholars. the recent titles mix the entire strengths of this well-loved sequence with a brand new layout and contours that let all scholars entry to the content material and learn abilities had to in achieving examination luck. layout gains include:

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This booklet investigates the occasions which ended in the British domination of the North American colonies in the course of its clash with France, and the ensuing tensions which this good fortune. It is going directly to learn the British guidelines in the direction of the colonies and the way those laid the trail to American independence and, eventually, the structure. the level to which a revolution happened is analyzed, and the narrative concludes via taking a look at the effect of this independence on Britain and the US. during the booklet, key dates, phrases, and matters are highlighted, and old interpretations of key debates are defined. precis diagrams are incorporated to consolidate wisdom and realizing of the interval, and exam-style questions and assistance written by means of examiners for the AQA and Edexcel examination standards give you the chance to improve examination talents.

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Grenville enthusiastically supported the notion that Americans should contribute to the cost of their own defence. According to one estimate the average American paid only sixpence a year in taxes while the average Prime Minister George Grenville. What were his motives in introducing policies that instigated colonial resistance to British rule? 36 | Britain and the American Colonies 1740–89 Briton paid 25 shillings – the Americans were therefore paying 50 times less. Grenville also believed that it was time to impose more order on the thirteen colonies.

The purpose of the 1764 Act was essentially to raise revenue for maintaining troops. There was virtually no opposition to the Act in Parliament. Most British MPs were complacent about and indifferent to the situation in the American colonies. There was no sustained American pressure group in Parliament and very few Americans: only five sat in the Commons between 1763 and 1783. Few British politicians anticipated much resistance to the measure. After all, it lowered duties. Moreover, it affected primarily just one region – New England.

In August British forces lifted the siege of Detroit. British officials used bribes to detach most of the Iroquois from Pontiac and to persuade the southern tribes to remain neutral. Although fighting continued into 1764, the serious Indian threat was over. The Indians were defeated by British regular soldiers paid for by Britain, not by the colonies. The Western situation seemed to confirm the view already held in London that the colonies were unable or unwilling to provide for their own defence and that there was thus need for British troops, deployed as a permanent peacetime force in America.

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