Tax and Control

Generals George Washington and Charles Cornwallis speak on British measures to tax and control the American colonies.


  • After the French and Indian War, the British Parliament and King George III believed that the colonists should be taxed to pay for costs associated with their protection during the war.
  • Cornwallis voted against some of these taxes.
  • Ultimately several acts to tax the colonists were passed.
  • The American colonists were dissatisfied and believed they were unjustly treated.
  • Tension developed between the American colonies and Britain.
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