After the coolest reflections on the matter, this must be allowed, that Britain was too jealous of America, to govern it justly; too ignorant of it, to govern it well; and too distant from it to govern it at all.
A Map of the British and French Dominions in North America, 1755
by John Mitchell (1711 – 68)
Territories after the Seven Years War, 1763
North America after the Seven Years War, 1763
Map of Europe in 1789
The Three Voyages (1768 - 79) of Captain James Cook
Paul Revere’s Ride on 18 April 1775
by Cortney Skinner
The Revolutionary leaders never intended to create an original and peculiar indigenous culture. Despite all their talk of American exceptionalism and American virtue in contrast with European corruption, they were seeking not to cut themselves off from Europe’s cultural heritage but to embrace it and in fact to fulfill it. It is a mistake to view America’s post-Revolutionary emulation of Europe as a legacy of helpless dependence passed on from colonial days. Americans imitated European styles and forms not because in their naïveté they could nothing else but because they wanted to.... Their revolution was very much an international affair, an attempt to fulfill the cosmopolitan dreams of the Enlightenment.
— Gordon S. Wood
Empire of Liberty: A History of the Early Republic, 1789–1815 (2009)
THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION AT PORTREVOLT
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