Ethan Allen

Portrait by Artist to Come

QUICK FACTS
BORN:
21 January 1738 in Litchfield, Connecticut
  DIED:
12 February 1789 in Burlington, Vermont Republic
Buried at Green Mount Cemetery in Burlington.

Portrait to come. See entry in Wikipedia.

 

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)