AMERICAN HISTORY FOR NON-AMERICANS

Like most wars, our Revolutionary War was about money and land — pretty much like every war. The money part was about taxes — especially on tea, which was very big until America discovered coffee — and who should pay what to whom. Or if.

The Colonists (us) felt we should keep all our money for ourselves.

King George disagreed.

We offered to split the difference.

George said “Hell NO!” So we had a war.

France was pissed at England anyway, so they came here with warships and troops and beat up the British. We were supposed to pay them back, but we were broke, so we didn’t. Then everyone went home and despite a minor skirmish called “The War of 1812” when the British came back and burned down Washington DC, we survived.

AP Photo/FS

AP Photo/FS

100 years later (give or take a few decades), we had a lot of money, an economy, had finished killing each other off in our own Civil War (about which there was nothing civil) and had become a real country.

The rest is history.

Now, we seem to be going backwards. History is funny stuff. Not in a “ha ha” kind of way.

16 thoughts on “AMERICAN HISTORY FOR NON-AMERICANS

  1. “The Colonists (us) felt we should keep all our money for ourselves.” It can still be seen in many groups that always vote against taxation… for many things that are for our common good…. Exception – military. not so much for the common good.

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  2. Appreciate you may not feel all that many reasons for celebrating, but hope you and Garry had a happy 4th of July anyway. 🙂

    After reading your historical posts and doing my own research i wondered if you realised something about the Declaration of Independence (and the war of revolution during which it was drawn up)?

    The document and war combined were likely to be the strongest factor in the birth of Australia as a semi-sovereign nation! (I say semi-sovereign because we still have Her Majesty QE11 (King George’s successor 7 times removed) as ‘our’ sovereign and retain the Westminister System of government). 😦

    Because American’s fought off British control and taxation Britain no longer had a large and accessible place to dump it’s criminals who avoided execution by choosing exile to the penal colonies of America. Shortly after the war was declared ‘won’ Britain established its first penal colony in Port Phillip Bay New South Wales (Sydney Harbour – 1788) and our ‘country’ began putting down it’s first European (convict and gaoler) roots.

    So, in a way we’ve got you to thank for the reason our great nation started and what we have become! 🙂

    On the down side.. i wonder if history will not so much repeat under Trump as come half circle… you were established largely because of over 150 years of Britain exiling it’s undesirables and non-conformists there from 1610 or so to 1770’s – will you now start doing the same to yours and deport them to ‘uncivilised’ nations? It seems to have begun already. 😦

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    • History is always like that. One thing becomes the part that starts another thing and it twines round and round. it’s why I love history. It’s why i really believe if you don’t know history, you really don’t understand the world you live in. We are not lonely pegs standing solitary in a flat world. We are all part of the culture and the culture that came before it. In places here the U.S. and Australia and Canada, we are a huge mixed bag of cultures from everywhere and we are all tied together in more ways than we imagine.

      It’s why this whole “America First” or any nation “first” is idiotic. It’s one world. We all live on it. Unless you are Aboriginal (there) or Native American (here), you are from somewhere else. We are all immigrants to these lands.

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      • Exactly! Our PM is not a fan of 44.5 but ‘Australia First’ is becoming an increasingly common feature of his and his Minister’s speech to the press.

        The thing is though, looking around the Western World i can actually see where Trump supporters and Brexit voters are coming from.

        Why do people leave their homeland to try to gain residence in The US, Europe, Britain and Australia? there are almost as many reasons as immigrants/refugees but they all fundamentally come down to the same one thing… for a better style of life than they had in the country of their birth or the one they left ( for themselves and often for their families who may not always live with them in the new country of opportunity). While some arrivals work hard and put their earnings and labour back into their new home and help improve the nation, some are not as successful at this and some send most of their earnings to family ‘back home’. Just what the net balance of foreign import of people is i can’t say but there is definitely a transfer of wealth out of any country that has a large immigration, particularly of non-language speaking and under-educated refugees suffering psychological damage from either war or countries where life is cheap by comparison.

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