Purpose: To understand the terms of the Quebec Act (1774), why the British agreed to sign it, and how the people of Quebec reacted to it. Why was the quebec act signed by the british?



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SS 10 Conflict in North America Unit

Lesson 9: The Quebec Act



PURPOSE: To understand the terms of the Quebec Act (1774), why the British agreed to sign it, and how the people of Quebec reacted to it.

WHY WAS THE QUEBEC ACT SIGNED BY THE BRITISH?

  • A new policy was needed due to the fact that assimilation had failed. Why had it failed?

  • La Survivance was successful: a movement to keep Fr. culture alive.

  • Br. settlers did not move to Quebec: there was no British culture to assimilate the French culture.

The British governors made concessions that allowed French culture to survive.




  • The Quebec Act was signed because the British wanted to keep the loyalty of the Canadiens. Read the following caption to find out why this was necessary.




After the war ended, Britain was heavily in debt and needed to find a way to raise money to pay for it. One way that Britain decided to do this was to tax its colonies. The people of the Thirteen Colonies were very opposed to these taxes and started to protest against them. Some of these protests were violent, and caused the British a great deal of concern. The British realized that the people of the Thirteen Colonies might not always want to be part of the British Empire.

Why would these events in the Thirteen Colonies cause Britain to change its policy in Quebec?

  • The British realized that they should be kind to the Canadiens to avoid losing their support. If Br. lost Quebec and the 13 Colonies, it would have nothing.



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