The Involvement Of Great Britain In The Colonies

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Unlike the settlements of other European states, the British colonies in America developed mostly on their own. During that time, very seldom did the king get more involved than assigning land charters. It was not until about 1650 that a monarch, King Charles II, took a step to become more involved with the self-governing colonies as a result of his brother James’s encouragement to assign a committee to oversee them. About a century after 1650, which was marked by the end of the French and Indian War, the distant relationship between Britain and its colonies had evolved immensely.
Initially, the only ties between Great Britain and the colonies were of a financial nature. The growth and prosperity the English settlers had achieved attracted the eyes of Parliament, and soon, they decided they wanted to get in on the action. In 1660, Parliament passed a new policy, the Navigation Act, that required all colonial trade to be carried on English ships and the act even stated a list of enumerated goods that could only be shipped to England or one of their colonies. Additionally, Parliament had also passed laws that required any European goods, that were not from the British, to be channeled through England before reaching the colonies. While in England, the products’ taxes would increase and make them much more expensive than before, which was meant to promote the sales of British merchandise. Both of these laws had the purpose of one thing: to help make the English wealthy by producing more transactions between the two. Creating laws, however, was not the only way the English colonists were persuaded to spend. British merchants would also extend credit to the colonies, increasing confidence in their ability to spend and ultimately, to encourage them to purchase of products from England. The consumerist cycle between the two benefited both parties greatly and eventually they both became vital parts of each others economy.
Soon after generating a mercantilist relationship, the colonists also began to emulate their home nation in many ways. To begin with, cities started to emerge in the colonies, a sight that was not yet seen in America. These cities were modeled after the ones the colonists had seen from Great Britain that includes many amenities, such as taverns, libraries, and social clubs. Though there were distinct differences between the cities in the colonies and those in England, the influence of the Britain was clear. Not long after, a growing trend of English luxuries began to appear in the homes of prosperous colonist planters. They were trying to create a look of a higher class and proper living seen in Britain, believing that it was necessary to make a social hierarchy according to wealth apparent. Copying their home nation did not just stop with tangible, materialistic approaches....

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