Class Notes

After the French and Indian War, the British had 10,000 soldiers still left in the colonies.  Now that Pontiac’s Rebellion was over, and the colonists were forbidden to go west of the Appalachian Mountains, there was no need for the troops in the west.  Instead, they were stationed in eastern cities. The British were always weary of a standing army, especially after Cromwell used the army to squash discontent.  The colonists began complaining that there was no need for a standing army during peace time in a democracy unless the government planned on committing tyranny.  This military presence was one of the causes that led to the Revolution as well as help explain why America resisted their own standing army until after WWII.

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