The impact of the American Revolution on the colonies of British North America
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Apart from the British North America, the British had also colonized other thirteen colonies that later came together and formed the United States before reclaiming their independence from the British colonizers. During the war aided by other countries such as France and Spain in support of United States against the British (Royster 15). However, the colonies of British North America remained loyal to their masters in the course of the war and did not join the United States against the British. This was down to various reasons with the main cause being the strong naval power of the British based on those colonies (Wrong 125). In addition, the colonies had just been acquired by the British and hence they did not face the same problem that forced the thirteen colonies to revolt.
However, they wanted to involve the colonies of British North America in their revolt against the British. However, the attempts failed and that led to creation of the modern-day states such as Canada. At the time the American Revolution began; the British had just acquired the colonies forming the modern-day Canada and Pacific Northwest (Wrong 33). They had established strong naval bases in those states. Since the colonies had just been acquired, the colonists did not face the same problems as colonists in the other thirteen colonies. If the invasions had been a success, the colonies would have been included in the newly formed United States nation and the modern-day Canada would be now a state in the United States. The war left the British North America colonies with more educated residents After the British were defeated by the Americans during the war, their loyalists were moved out of the United States into the British North America colonies.
before the revolutionary war, the loyalists were serving as officials in the British administration. They held posts such as soldiers and other administration posts to help the British manage the colonies (Wrong 46). the population of loyalists was composed of the educated people chosen to work for the British. at the end, United States had occupants with the same motive and perception towards the British administration. This was the same case in Canada and the other colonies as they had a population composed of people supporting the British administration and with the same motive. This explains why Canada has no history when it comes to civil wars. The peace that exists in Canada today started after the American Revolution. Reduced tax burden for the colonists Before the war, the population in the British North America colonies was not big.
The British administration had learned their lessons from the revolution. Most of the Americans felt that they were taken for slaves by the British administration which provoked the revolt. The British had taken total control of the colonies with including the colonists in leadership and decision making. Decisions were forced to the colonists against their consent. Leaders of the revolution such as George Washington felt that the British administration had become too much (Wrong 189). After the war, the populations were equal as loyalists who were English speakers migrated from the United States to the British North America colonies (Wrong 38). this brought in a sense of equality as no population was more than the other. As a result, it was possible to share responsibilities without any problem.
In addition, the America Revolution brought divert in various aspects in the remaining colonies. The colonies had become home to people with different backgrounds (Day 32). they gave power to the white colonies who later streamlined the path to independence without going to war with the British administration. If it were not for the American Revolutionary war, the British administration wouldn’t have learned their mistake of oppressing colonists (Wrong 125). They would have still continued their oppression even in the British North America colonies. As a result, the British North America colonies would have had to rise up in arms to claim their independence. However, this didn’t happen as the British administration had already learned their mistakes that led to the American Revolutionary War.
This effect was transferred to the British North America colonies. Slavery was also abolished in the British North America colonies. The increasing pressure to end slavery as advocated by the Americans in the new nation of United States made it difficult to continue with it even in territories administered by the British. In addition, the British administration had learned their mistake and hence they did not want to take the colonists as slaves anymore. Oppression in the colonies was a thing of the past and thus colonists were treated as people with their own rights. This in turn made it difficult to carry on with slavery as all groups were equal to each other. The Anglo Canadians finally had their say in governance eroding the slavery feeling that had been there before the revolutionary war.
Although the British administration was still in control, they did not treat the colonists as slaves. This explains the reason as to way Canada has no history when it comes to slavery. New Canadian culture full of British influence The culture in the British North America colonies was affected by the revolutionary war as a result of new inputs. In another way, the treatment of the colonists by the British administration drove them to develop a positive perception towards the British (Buckner, Phillip, and Douglas 64). They saw them as good people since they didn’t treat them as slaves. In turn, the colonists willingly adopted the British culture. Apart from the above, the tension that erupted between the British North America colonies and the Americans made the colonies become more loyal to the British.
They were seen as betrayers of the American’s quest to freedom. Their dress code, language, approach to governance and other cultural aspects are similar to those of the British. This explains the reason why the Canadian culture and language is similar to that of the British even to date (Orkin 81). The approach to governance adopted by the Canadians today as well as their language can be said to have been influenced by the British during that time. Negative impact of the American Revolution on the British North America colonies Delayed independence for the colonies The American Revolution delayed independence on the colonies. After the revolutionary war, the British administration was left to control the remaining colonies. This explains why the Canadians got their independence on July 1, 1867, more than fifty years after the Americans had attained their own independence.
The war left tension between Americans and Canadians The invasions made by Americans during the American Revolutionary War raised tension the Americans and the Canadians. the Americans assaulted Canadians during the invasions making them develop a negative perception towards the Americans. The tension existed for decades long after the war over. The Canadians feared that the Americans would one day invade them same way. In addition, the culture introduced by the Loyalists in the British North America colonies explains the present day cultural differences between the United States and a country like Canada. Less land and congestion in the colonies After the American Revolutionary War, around 80,000 loyalists moved to the British North America colonies after being drove out from the United States by the Americans.
As they had been working for the British administration, they given land grants by the British to reward their loyalty (Wrong 85). This brought congestion in the colonies as the population increased. Less land for the colonists was available as the Crown gave them to the loyalists from the United States. Less land was also available for the residents as they British administration gave grants to the incoming loyalists (Wrong 126). Generally, the American Revolutionary War can be said to have shaped the history of the British North America colonies. The modern-day Canada can be traced back from the revolutionary war. Work cited Buckner, Phillip, and R. Douglas Francis, eds. Speaking Canadian English: An informal account of the English language in Canada. Vol.
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