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This Day in History - 10.27.2011

Before the Birth of the War for Independence

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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