America’s Revolution: Taxation Without Representation I

 

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: It is hard to believe, but as late as 1770 most people living in the colonies of North America thought of themselves as loyal subjects of the British Crown. Except for a few radicals, most Americans considered themselves ordinary faithful Englishmen who just happened to live 3000 miles to the west of the Irish Sea. In just six short years a Congress of the colonies had declared independence and was raising an army to banish the rule of King George III forever. The reason: taxes.

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Royal Navy Loses the American Revolution – I

Lead: By changing its tactics, the handlers of the Royal Navy contributed a great deal to Britain loss of its colonies during the American Revolution. 

                Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts. 

                Content: The American Revolution was in constant doubt in the early years. Save a few tactical victories during 1776 and 1777, Continental forces reeled under powerful hammering from both British army and navy. With no need to watch their rear flank naval units were able to supply and support the regiments of General Sir Henry Clinton as they evacuated Boston, crushed George Washington’s dwindling forces in New York and captured Philadelphia. In the euphoria surrounding this string of victories, few noted this was a serious misuse of the Royal Navy, which should have been trying to seal up the porous colonial coastline and thus prevent vital supplies and munitions from reaching the rebels.

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