The British Empire Goes to War
In 1760, a new king came to power in Great Britain named King George III. George III used the powerful British Navy to wage war with France. These wars brought the British Empire vast new territory, including all of Canada, as well as all the land in North America east of the Mississippi River.
This war, which greatly enlarged the territories of Great Britain, proved to be very costly and nearly bankrupt the national treasury. As a result, King George III was in desperate need of raising funds to keep his government operating. To do this, he looked to the colonies in the Americas.