Lead: In the 1700s the United States broke from England. No colony in history had done that before. This series examines America’s Revolution.

Intro: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts

Content: From the beginning the North American colonies were designed to serve as an integral part of the British economics system. Not unlike other European colonial outposts in the modern era in Asia, Africa and elsewhere in America, these British possessions provided raw materials for industry in the home country and customers for finished goods produced there. A elaborate system of bi-directional trade organized by the various Navigation Acts even governed the manner in which merchandise was conveyed, insisting that all trade must be transported in British bottoms, the quaint reference in that era to ships.

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