One of the often overlooked events integral to the start of the Revolutionary War was the French and Indian War. The war was integral in shaping a national identity. The fact that the Americans were able to hold their own against such a formidable opponent as the French inspired thinking of overthrowing another European colonial state. Another way in which this served as a catalyst for the Revolution was that Britain went into severe debt and imposed inflammatory taxes such as the Stamp Tax, further inciting the colonies towards the Revolutionary war. This event also served as a premonition for more to come in the way of injustices committed against Native Americans. Since Britain eventually conquered France, a powerful ally, Native Americans were disadvantaged to combat the colonial expansion and destruction of communities resulting from the war.