The Seven Years' War: A Revolution

Weston Bliobenes, Edward Butler, and Ryanne Huens

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"Join, or Die" (Theme)

The “Join or Die” political cartoon was created by Benjamin Franklin on May 9, 1754, and was published in the Pennsylvania Gazette. Each segment of the snake represents one of the colonies and its geographic position. This cartoon was used during the French and Indian War in order to symbolize that it was necessary for the colonies to join together with Great Britain to defeat the French and Indians. It soon became a very popular symbol of colonial freedom. This exaggerated piece of propaganda reflects many of the colonists' strong ambition and pride in the colonies.
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Map of America - 1763 (After Treaty of Paris) (Change Over Time)

This map depicts a visual representation of America after the signing of the Treaty of Paris in 1763. The signing of the treaty formally ended the Seven Years’ War and marked the beginning of an era of British dominance outside of Europe. According to the map, much of the territory captured during the war was returned, but Britain gained much of France’s possessions in North America. This movement changed the political landscape of North America.
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The Boston Tea Party (Historical Context)

Boston Tea Party by W.D. Cooper depicts the Political Protest by the Sons of Liberty on December 16, 1773. The demonstrators, disguised as Native Americans, dumped an entire shipment of tea into the Boston Harbor in defiance to the Tea Act, another one of the tariffs imposed by the British. The Tea Party became an iconic event in American History and illustrates the colonists' growing displeasure of the British taxes and overbearing presence, for which they would soon revolt.
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The Death of Journalism (Cause and Effect)

Although the British won the Seven Years' War, Britain earned a large financial debt; The British national debt almost doubled due to war expenses. This led to the British placing taxes and tariffs on the American colonies in order to make up for the lost money. The stamp act, which placed a tax on printed materials, provided a way for the British to gain back what they lost. This cartoon was featured in several newspapers, proclaiming the wrongness of such tariffs, and how it would be the death of journalism. This document was published as a result of the colonists' displeasure with British taxes (which were kindled by Britain's massive debt from the Seven Years' War).