One, Big, Dysfunctional Family

Great Britain and its colonies was like a great big family… of disorder. The beginning of colonial America was like the birth of a child. Great Britain was the proud mother of Virginia, its colony. Virginia and the other forming colonies were exactly like children, relying on their mother at the beginning for their basic needs; in this case the needs being people, supplies, livestock, and building materials. Then, exactly like a growing and aging family, the children started to become troublesome. Bullies (the Indians, French, and Spanish), were a constant trouble, and the colonies themselves were beginning to cause a bit of trouble, quarreling about religion. Soon, the colonies started to grow up, and started to desire more independence and wiggle room for all of their activities. They thought up the idea of self-government, and Great Britain, not paying quite enough attention to her children, left them alone to think up all sorts of wild ideas about freedom and breaking away. Soon, the French and Indian War set in, and the colonies had a big hurdle to overcome. In winning this war, the colonies proved themselves to be strong and able to take care of themselves. After the war, the Indians freaked out because they didn’t have the French to protect them, and they lashed out at the colonies. Great Britain, wanting to keep the Indians at bay, decided to keep its colonies from crossing the Appalachian Mountains with the Proclamation of 1763. This not only made the colonist mad-they were being kept away from what was rightfully theirs-it caused them to start rebelling by ignoring their “mother’s” orders. Soon, Great Britain decided that the colonies had to pay some of the costs of the war, and it started to impose taxes. The Proclamation of 1763, the Sugar Act of 1764, the Stamp Act in 1765, the Quartering Act of 1765, the Declaratory Act of 1766, the Townshend Acts of 1767, the Tea Act of 1773, and the Intolerable Acts of 1774 caused an uproar in the colonies. These acts and taxes were like chores; children hate chores. After many fights, such as the Boston Massacre and the Boston Tea Party, and some Act repeals, tensions were high between the British and colonies. Soon, the rebellious colonists started to fight for their freedom and independence, wanting to break free from their “mother” and start a new life on their own as an independent country.




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3 thoughts on “One, Big, Dysfunctional Family

  1. This is so good!!!!!!!!!! My heart is screaming. I love it, it’s amazing how great these parallels. I already had the whole “mother England” thing down but the bullies was a very clever addition. Maybe the best part is comparing the taxes to chores. Because America had to do it sort of and it’s pretty great. Ahhhh so clever. A+

  2. Wow. This really did take the whole “rebellious teens” analogy and better it with so many more comparisons and phases of a child’s life being compared in ways that would increase our understanding. I can really visualize the growth of America in a timeline (i.e. taxes being like chores) side-by-side with a child. I especially liked how America bristled at the Proclamation of 1763, as most teens do when parents take away something of theirs. Good job!!!!

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