Actually you're quite wrong about the 4% although you are correct that a minority agitated for a break from England as a solid majority at the time did not think of themselves as Americans
, but rather saw themselves as British citizens and subjects. The original intent of the Colonials was to regain the rights of British citizens.
The real turning point were the French and Indian Wars (which was the first real World War) during which the Colonials saw just how badly the British used them, then demanded that they (the Colonists) pay for the war. The colonials were of the opinion that through their citizenship and payment of taxes and blood, they had payed for the war.
From The Treaty of Paris (1763) the revolution was a foregone conclusion, becoming only a matter of when.
posted on 02/28/2006 12:26:15 PM PST
("Brethren, leave us go amongst them." Rev. Capt. Samuel Johnston Clayton - Ward Bond- The Searchers)
Thanks for the clarification.
posted on 02/28/2006 12:35:25 PM PST
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