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By Alan Farmer

The Access to History sequence is the preferred and relied on sequence for AS- and A-level historical past scholars. the recent titles mix the entire strengths of this well-loved sequence with a brand new layout and lines that permit all scholars entry to the content material and examine talents had to in attaining examination good fortune. layout positive aspects include:

-AS questions and examination tips
-Definitions of key terms

-Summaries of key historic debates

This e-book investigates the occasions which resulted 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 research the British guidelines in the direction of the colonies and the way those laid the trail to American independence and, finally, the structure. the level to which a revolution happened is analyzed, and the narrative concludes through taking a look at the impression of this independence on Britain and the US. during the ebook, key dates, phrases, and matters are highlighted, and ancient interpretations of key debates are defined. precis diagrams are integrated to consolidate wisdom and knowing of the interval, and exam-style questions and assistance written by way of examiners for the AQA and Edexcel examination requirements give you the chance to enhance examination talents.

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Moreover, it affected primarily just one region – New England. As part of the legislation associated with the Sugar Act, Grenville added products (including wine, silk and coffee) to the list of enumerated commodities which, according to the Navigation Acts, would be subject to increased duties if not traded via Britain. Among the new regulations of the Sugar Act and its companion legislation any customs official convicted of accepting a bribe was subject to a £500 fine and disqualification from serving in any government post.

In 1758 British forces captured Louisbourg and then cut the link between Canada and the Mississippi Valley by taking Fort Frontenac on Lake Ontario. This led to the fall of Fort Dusquesne, renamed Fort Pitt. Meanwhile Robert Clive won a series of victories in India while Frederick the Great defeated the armies of France, Russia and Austria in Europe. The greatest triumphs came in 1759 – the year of victories: • Admiral Hawke smashed a French fleet at Quiberon Bay, southeast of Brest, thereby preventing France sending reinforcements to Canada.

In 1763–64 the American view was that the imperial system wasn’t broken and didn’t need fixing. The new controls were all the more unpopular because past British policy had been so lax. The Currency Act could not have been passed at a worse time as far as the colonists were concerned. An economic depression had hit the colonies as the war came to an end and orders for supplies for the forces fell off. The deflationary effects of the Currency Act threatened some Americans with economic ruin. New England merchants were especially aggrieved: The Causes of the War of Independence | 39 Key term American suspicions Arbitrary power Power that is not bound by rules, allowing a monarch to do as he or she wishes.

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