Colonial America, a Part of a Happy Family

Families often fight over a wide range of issues such as: who gets to take out the garbage, amount of allowance the child gets, and how much time is allowed on the computer. The child often wants more money, more time on the computer, and to never take out the garbage of course. Resolutions are achieved through fights with the parents and other adults, much like Colonial America and its neighbors’ conflicts during the 17th and 18th century. Colonial America was always an odd child; her ideas and thoughts were very different from her mother, Britain. Even though those two never really had the same ideals, America still needed her mother for the support. America, trying to find its way in the New World, was constantly attacked by the Indians. She was constantly attacked by the Indian tribes, who didn’t like newcomers. Sometimes she tried to appease and befriend them, however that still failed and the Indians became more violent. Eventually, she fought back, attacking the Indians in what is known as Bacon’s Rebellion. She used her few friends to take out her enemies and then viciously turned on her so-called friends. Further conflicts between America and the Indians increased enmity towards each other, and would play a part in later fights.

Later on, when America was in its “teens”, it was dragged into her mother’s constant conflicts with their arch-rivals, Spain and France. Spain and France both wanted to take America and Britain’s power and thus, engaged in multiple wars in both the Old World and the New World. At first, fighting was small and unorganized in the New World. During Queen Anne’s war Spain, France, and you guessed it, the Indians all fought against America and Britain. The British side won and gained large tracts of land in Canada. During the War of Jenkins’ Ear and King George’s War in America, the British yet again won against the French and the Spanish. America herself captured Louisbourg, however, the British returned it to the French, thus enraging America. The French and Indian War was won by the British, again. Thus massively reducing French power in the New World, and paving the way to Colonial freedom. America, by this time had become more independent from her Mother and thought that it should take care of itself more. One example would be the Albany Congress, which aimed to unite the colonies and defend against the French and Indians. She also had new ideas and thoughts stemming from the Great Awakening and other philosophical events.

After the French and Indian War, Britain was out of money and decided to tax and use her child, America, for money. Britain at this time had little respect for America. She put America to work by enforcing the Navigation Laws and issuing the Sugar and Stamp Acts. America hated these taxes and cried, “No taxation without representation!” Also, Britain did not often listen to what America had to say, and became more and more ignorant of America’s wishes. After causing a ruckus with the Townshend Acts, Britain decided to punish America by imposing the Intolerable Acts, because of which the First Continental Congress convened shortly after. She wrote a list of grievances against her mother, however, because her mother was extremely ignorant at this phase and did not listen. A Second Congress was called and finally, America decided that she had enough, and declared independence and severed her ties with her family. Many of the causes to America’s Rebellion were indirectly or directly caused by a fight, the French and Indian War. And thus a mother who did not treat her child well caused the child to rebel and become her own nation. So, parents, please don’t harmfully neglect your child; at least listen to him/her. If you don’t, you are Britain.

America has had enough of parental abuse!

Declaration of Independence

Source: http://www.aoc.gov/capitol-hill/historic-rotunda-paintings/declaration-independence

Sources:

“American Revolution.” 2013. The History Channel website. Oct 17 2013, 5:44

http://www.history.com/topics/american-revolution.

Bailey, Thomas A., David M. Kennedy, and Lizabeth Cohen. The American Pageant. 11th ed. N.p.: Houghton Mifflin, 1998. 105-11. Print.

Kindling, Thomas. “The French & Indian War 1756-1763 (The Seven Years War).” US History. N.p., n.d. Web. 15 Oct. 2013.

<http://www.ushistory.org/declaration/related/frin.htm&gt;.

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4 thoughts on “Colonial America, a Part of a Happy Family

  1. The comparison of Britain and the Colonies to a mother and daughter is very interesting. The stages do correlate, with the colonies relying on Britain a lot initially(Infancy and young childhood), but eventually growing to be independent(Adulthood). Another way the metaphor makes sense is that the child learned from the parent, and attempted to correct what they viewed as negative in their parents.

  2. I really enjoyed this article. It’s similar to the one I wrote and it’s nice to see that I’m not the only person looking at the relationship between America and England this way

  3. I thought it was interesting how you extended the relationship between Britain and the colonies as “mother and daughter” to the rest of the parties involved. I’ve never thought about it any more in depth than just the relationship between Britain and America, so this was an interesting expansion.

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