Why Brits Should Celebrate American Independence

“Neither Paul Revere nor anyone else could have shouted ‘The British are coming’ in 1775: the entire population of Massachusetts was British (what the plucky Boston silversmith actually yelled was ‘The regulars are out!’) The overall level of taxation in the colonies in 1775 was barely a fiftieth of what it was in Great Britain. The Boston Tea Party, which sparked the violence, was brought about by a lowering of the duty on tea” (889 words)

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