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England and the American colonies

Why did England wait until the colonies took a big intrest to independance to get involved in ways like putting in military control. If it was such a gold mine for resources then why didnt England act like it from the begining?

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England did not wait until the revolutionary war to take interest in the colonies. England always viewed the colonies as an important economic source and used political and military action to keep control. For example, the Sugar Act was clearly an attempt to reassert British authority, and, taking it together with the high-handed use of admiralty courts and the 1764 Currency Act, which forbade the colonies from issuing paper money to pay the duties, some colonists could discern a concerted plan to bring them more closely under British administration.

A third example is that of a tea tax by England. Victory in the French and Indian War was costly for the British. At the war's conclusion in 1763, King George III and his government ...

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This solution briefly outlines reasons for British interest in colonial America.