“Before 1763 British Mercantilist policy, while restricting colonial economic development, allowed colonial political life to develop

unhampered by the Mother Country”
From the early 1600’s to the middle of the 18 t h centur y England pretty much let its colonies govern themselves. It wasn’t until the colonies became unified that England tried to halt their growth. But it was too late and the wheels of the colonies were already turning and soon after a revolution occurred that would change the way the world looked at America. B y the 1750s, the American colonists were feeling more unified events such as the Enlightenment and the Great Awakening. They had developed a unique culture of their own. Although the individual colonies developed distinctive religious, social, and demographic characteristics, they all shared a basic sense of unity that grew stronger through the coming years of economic and political upheaval. The colonists had effectively governed themselves throughout most of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. For the most part, the British government had left the colonists to fend for themselves during this time, neither imposing new taxes nor enforcing those on the books. Therefore, the colonists resented Britain’s attempts to exert more influence over the colonies in the mid-1700s.

The colonists were so used to governing themselves and running their own politics and imposing their own taxes that this sudden influence from Britain angered them. This statement is ver y true and is one of the most important facts in our histor y. If Britain would not have let us govern ourselves between the 17 t h and mid-18 t h century we might have never found the strength to revolt and might not be a countr y of our own today. It was also crucial that England decided to impose laws and taxes when they did because it was at that point in our histor y that we were most united and strong enough to rebel. In a sense, it was England’s wrong timing and the Great Awakening that led to the American Revolution and in turn led to the country that we now call our home.

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