By Thao Nguyen
On this day in 1775, King George III
presents his concern before both house of the British Parliament about the
growing number of the rebellions in America. He believed these rebellious acts
were traitorous not only to himself but to Great Britain. King George III urged
Parliament to quickly end the revolt by stating "many of these unhappy
people may still retain their loyalty, and may be too wise not to see the fatal
consequence of this usurpation, and wish to resist it, yet the torrent of
violence has been strong enough to compel their acquiescence, till a sufficient
force shall appear to support them." By stating these words, King George
III expressed his anger and gave Parliament his permission to use troops to
fight against the rebellions in the colonies.
The Continental Congress served as the
government for the 13 colonies and articulated its wish to remain loyal to
British rule through the Olive Branch Petition, delivered on September 1. King George
III responded at Parliament with disbelief of their loyalty and stating the
consequences traitors will face if the colonists do not abide the British’s
structure of laws and order.
However, in January 1776, Thomas Paine
wrote a pamphlet titled Common Sense.
His anti-monarchical arguments persuaded many American colonists to revolt
against British rule. As the two sides reached a final political impasse, the
War for Independence soon followed.
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