French and Indian War: Conflicting interests Britain and colonies
Created by: H. Robert Brady, Ph.D.
IPS Director of Social Studies and World Languages (ret.)
Director of Communications, Indiana Council for the Social Studies
Indianapolis, IN 46222
The British in London and the British colonists do not see eye to eye
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Those in Great Britain and those in the colonies see
their economic interests going in different directions.
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British merchants want to make the largest profit they can possibly make. This often comes at the
expense of the colonist, but that’s okay by the British merchants.
The mercantile system is
designed so the colonies
work to make the mother
country rich. That means,
when real profit is to be
made, it should be made by
merchants here in Britain.
The colonists do not
appreciate their role in this
The British in Britain thought
colonies existed to make Britain
rich not the make the colonists
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London is ripping us off. We
do the work; they get the
profits. We need more out of
this arrangements. The
colonies and the colonists need
to be properly taken care of by
those in London. They need
to hear and react to our
interest in addition to theirs.
The interests of British colonists in the Americas ran contrary to those of the people living in Great Britain
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His majesty certainly protects his subjects
in Great Britain. Look at all he spends on
the Royal Navy. Why won’t he do the
same for us and provide enough Red
Coats to squash the Indians and terrify the
I bet it’s because
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Frontier colonists often felt they lived in greater
danger than anyone in Britain but received less
protection that the average Briton did.
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King George II
The silly colonists in America do
not understand the security needs
of an empire that extends around
the globe. I have colonies in
Africa, India, and in the Caribbean
that must also be protected. One
can’t be everywhere at one time.
Priorities! Military spending
cannot be allowed to bankrupt the
Translated into English from the King’s comment in German*
Britain had many colonies across the
globe that it needed to protect. Forces
had to be divided and sent where they
were most needed.
British interests were global reaching beyond the wants and
needs of any one set of colonies.
The British colonists in the 12 American colonies were only*
interested in the needs of their colonies.
* There were only 12 colonies.
Delaware was part of
Pennsylvania. It became separate
only when it became a state in
1776 at the time independence
This does not bode
well for the future
Britain and the
everyone must work together to fight
against the hated French who are
gathering at the colonial borders.