What Was Great Britain's Policy of Salutary Neglect?


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The policy of Salutary Neglect refers to a situation where the British government left the American colonies to govern and manage themselves with very little input or interference from Britain because of distance and obligations elsewhere. By the time Britain turned its focus back to the American colonies, the people had adjusted to being cut off and neglected; therefore, the attempt to bring the colonies back in check backfired.

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Many scholars and historians feel that these years of neglect by the British Empire played a large role in the American Revolution. Even though the original government set up in the colonies was made to model the government in Britain, it still gave the colonies more independence than would normally have been granted to a colony.

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