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The Revolution and Its Aftermath

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University of Toronto St. George
Dr.Liamvan Beek

HIS271Y The Revolution and its Aftermath October 13 2010 Bonded colonists to Empire: Economy Culture Defense What separated colonists: Lingering suspicions Location Reluctance to lose colonial autonomy Demographic and cultural diversity Nevertheless, there were two identities in the period leading up to the Revolution: British and American, and although they werent necessarily the same, they werent competing, often overlapping In fact, a lot of what connected them as colonists also made them more British: consumer revolution Balance between the two identities How did balance become imbalance? When interests begin to conflict. British = mercantilist American = defensive of colonial autonomy Turning points: French and Indian War: in the aftermath, we see a shift in interests (Americans want to settle lands west of the Appalachians, British want to protect those lands for Natives) Proclamation Line www.notesolution.comHIS271Y The Revolution and its Aftermath October 13 th2010 The various Acts Boston Tea PartyMassacre Ideas: IndividualismFreedomLibertyRepublicanism However, many colonists were still reluctant to abandon the colonial imperial relationship, preferring to adjust it and reform it The problem in the colonists leading up to the Revolution wasnt with the imperial system but with how the system was being run Despite the growing opposition, there were still many moderates Shift from moderacy to radicalism and unwillingness of the British to compromise Lexington and Concord Locals had been working to amass weapons and military apparatus and form militias, known as Minute Men because they could group in a minute At the same time, the British were mobilizing as well British were concerned with the growing strength of the colonial elite mobilizing the local townspeople Massachusetts had always been a hotbed of activity They had suffered the most at British policies and were really at the centre of conflict Samuel Adams and John Hancock were known rebel leaders The British general heard that they were at Lexington Also heard that they were massing weapons at Concord Set out in a surprise attack but, Paul Revere and another man warned everyone and ruined the surprise The British arrive at Lexington, kill 8 Minute Man, and move on to Concord, but find the people and weapons gone
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