First of all the French & Indian War (F&I) was not a campaign of the British to protect the lives of its English settlers. It was a war against the French by the English mercantilists to stem the growing French friendship and trade with the American indian. French missionaries were far more influential than the English. The mercantilists were losing their colony's markets. The colonists knew this. Read some novels by Allan Eckert if you want to share America's early frontier experiences. His style gives you the flavor of what life was like in the 18th century wilderness.
Today, we bemoan taxes perhaps above all else. But right beneath our noses are many examples of how we pay taxes for unrewarded services bestowed upon others. Here're just two:  From the time we buy our first home (or rent) we pay property taxes for "education" until we die - - even if we had no children.  federally, we pay taxes for tax-free foundations from which we derive no services - and most likely worse - do us harm culturally, spiritually, and defensively. Commensurately, why should any church be granted privileges over any other?
We obediently pay our "stamp taxes" to the plantation owners even today! Only seldom is there heard, but ignored, a discouraging word.
Stamp Act divides Southern colonies & Caribbean in 1760s
Despite the shared civilisational model, social structure, close trading ties and numerous cultural norms, the mainland Southern colonies and the British Caribbean colonies were politically divided in the 1760s leading up to the American Revolution in 1776. Recently, we have seen how White demographic failure and a rapidly growing Black slave majority fostered a ‘garrison mentality’ amongst British Caribbean Whites, who looked to British troops for support in maintaining social control. Meanwhile, mainland British colonists, even South Carolinians (who had been colonised by Barbadians and were closest in racial demographics and social order to the Caribbean), came to resent the presence of British troops and saw them as a danger to their liberty. This was was significant divide between the Caribbean plantation societies from those on the mainland. Another major difference which separated the Caribbean from the mainland was their very different reactions to the Stamp Act of 1765.
In an effort to raise funds to pay for the French and Indian War (as it it was known in North America; more widely this war was known as the Seven Years’ War) and offset its large national debt the British Government imposed a tax (signified by a stamp) on printed documents in their colonies in the New World. This tax sparked massive protests in the mainland colonies and led to violent acts against British colonial officials as well as riots in the streets. This was an important step in the build up to military rebellion and the colonies’ Declaration of Independence a decade later. The tax was eliminated just a year after it was imposed, but a major rift in the Empire had been created by then.
Professor Andrew Jackson O’Shaughnessy explains why this rift occurred and what its long term implications were in chapter four of his book An Empire Divided: The American Revolution and the British Caribbean. The irony about the reactions to the Stamp Act is that this tax disproportionately taxed the Caribbean and yet the colonists there (with only a few exceptions) accepted the tax with little protest. Meanwhile, mainland colonists reacted violently to a tax that was minimal and primarily intended to pay for the troops which provided their security (protecting them from the French and their Indian allies over the Appalachians) – not for the benefit of Caribbean defences. The mainland response can only be understood from an ideological perspective, since the reaction to the tax was out of proportion to the economic burden it actually imposed. O’Shaughnessy writes:
The Stamp Act imposed the greatest tax burden on the British West Indies because it contained clauses that specifically discriminated against the islands.
…The British government consequently allocated more stamps to the Caribbean colonies than to North America. The greatest single consignment of stamps to British America went to Jamaica. The government apportioned more stamps to the Leeward Islands than to any of the mainland colonies: it expected revenues from Antigua to be higher than North Carolina or Maryland. Charles Jenkinson, the treasury secretary, expected roughly equal amounts of stamp revenue from the populous North American colonies as from the Caribbean.
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