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Why did Great Britain fight so hard to hold onto the colonies?

Why did Great Britain fight so hard to hold onto the colonies?

Following the French and Indian War, Britain wanted to control expansion into the western territories. With the French and Indian War over, many colonists saw no need for soldiers to be stationed in the colonies. Britain also needed money to pay for its war debts.

How did Britain maintain control of their empire?

In general: British Government included a department for Colonial affairs. This managed the empire at Government level. Governors were appointed in colonies. These governors ran the colony on behalf of the British Government.

What made Britain’s empire so powerful?

Britain’s financial dominance was what made such a world spanning empire possible. The British had investments everywhere, and many territories they didn’t own directly, like the US and China, sent much more profit back to London than most formal British colonies.

Why did the British lose their empire in WW2?

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The British lost their empire because they won two wars with the Germans. By the outbreak of World War II, the British didn’t even pretend to be able to fight the Germans by themselves. Their strategy from the beginning was to hold on until the Americans could save them.

Why was the British Empire wiped off the planet?

The British Empire was wiped off the face of the planet because it won two wars with Germany. The British Empire won two world wars and that’s why it doesn’t exist any more. These apocalyptic battles exhausted the empire and its many peoples.

How did the British government try to reform the British Empire?

Thus the British began their attempts to reform the imperial system. In 1764, Parliament enacted the Sugar Act, an attempt to raise revenue in the colonies through a tax on molasses. Although this tax had been on the books since the 1730s, smuggling and laxity of enforcement had blunted its sting. Now, however, the tax was to be enforced.