Ashley asked in Arts & HumanitiesHistory · 4 months ago

Which even had the most devastating effect on the relationship between GB and the colonies?

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  • Anonymous
    4 months ago
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    You mean "which EVENT," right? I don't think you can narrow it down to one single event. There was a whole series of things -- the Proclamation Line in 1763, the Boston Massacre in 1770, the Stamp Act, the Intolerable Acts, and the various things that are listed in the "He has...." section of the Declaration of Independence.

    Major historical events or shifts almost never occur because of one single "event." The assassination of Franz Ferdinand would not have caused anything but a messy car, two funerals, and a bit of diplomatic kerfuffle if it hadn't been for a whole lot of other events and situations that occurred before it.

  • Marli
    Lv 7
    4 months ago

    The American Revolution has top billing. It wasn't every day that Britain fought its colonies and lost 13 of them.

    Second would be the  Acts against the slave trade and then the Act that emancipated the slaves throughout the Empire. The slavers and slave owners around the Atlantic Ocean versus the anti-slavery folks under William Wilberforce had a long hard fight.

    Third would be the British government take over of the East India Company. Now the British government as a national government, not the directors of an export-import company, had to deal with the Indian maharajas and the demands of their religions and customs.

    Gigapie rightly pointed out that one single moment did not change all.  The British government and the colonists in America were growing increasingly hostile: Act to resistance to repeal to Act to resistance to counter resistance, and so on to war and through war.

    The same  sort of push and shove, attack, counter attack and polarized positions occurred between the owners of plantations and slave traders in the Caribbean and the members of anti-slavery associations, both lobbying  Parliament.

  • 4 months ago

    Constant taxation and having no representation in Parliament

  • Anonymous
    4 months ago

    The so-called Boston Massacre.

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  • Anonymous
    4 months ago

    Omit the word 'even' from your question. 

    Probably the most devastating effect was World War Two (after Word War One).  Britain was broke after WW2, having been pretty well the richest nation on Earth before WW1.

  • Anonymous
    4 months ago

    There never was, countries came and went after 1928 when the UK decided to give up the empire

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