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A series of laws passed between 1763 and 1775 that regulated trade and taxes. Around the same time in 1763: Pontiac’s War Begins An Indian leader, Pontiac, led Ottawa Indians in attacks against British forts near the Great Lakes, eight of which they sacked successfully.

However, the British ultimately prevailed and Indians were somewhat forced to make peace. This legislation caused tensions between colonists and imperial officials, who made it clear that the British Parliament would not address American complaints that the new laws were onerous.

British unwillingness to respond to American demands for change allowed colonists to argue that they were part of an increasingly corrupt and autocratic empire in which their traditional liberties were threatened. This position eventually served as the basis for the colonial Declaration of Independence.