The effects and results of the French-Indian War 1763

The end of the French-Indian War occurred after the Treaty of Paris of 1763. The war itself was fought because of British settlers expanding further west into French territory. The Treaty of Paris gave French lands west of the Appalachian Mountains to Britain including areas such as Quebec and Ohio River Valley.

In January 1763 the British national debt caused by the war stood in excess of 122 million pounds. Due to this significant amount of money, the British aimed to cover this debt through taxation on American colonists. This taxation was enacted through the Sugar Act of 1764 and the infamous Stamp Act of 1765. These measures were used to directly tax the American colonies and raise money for the repayment of the war debt. In addition, a Royal Proclamation was announced leading to the creation of the Proclamation Act and the introduction of the hated ‘Standing armies’.