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Posted by on Monday, September 15, 2008 at 9:40am.

Prior to 1763, the British government generally followed a policy of salutary neglect towards the American colonies because it:

a) wished to secure the loyalty of the colonies
b) lacked a well-organized imperial system
c) lacked the power to make laws for the colonies
d) did little trading with the colonies
e) rejected the idea of mercantilism

I think that the answer is a but I'm not sure so if anyone could help me that'd be great! Thanks! :)

  • social studies - , Monday, September 15, 2008 at 10:15am

    a) is probably the best answer, the others are wrong. What has happening was through the navigation acts, the colonies were squeezed, they could buy finished goods from England, but not sell. So, they had no way to pay debts. The English then when the squeeze became apparent, ignored enforcing those laws which hurt the colonies (salutary neglect).

  • social studies - , Monday, September 15, 2008 at 10:18am

    Thank you so much! :)

  • social studies - , Friday, October 23, 2015 at 5:21pm

    Answer is b

  • U.s history - , Friday, October 23, 2015 at 7:27pm

    Wrong it's b

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