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  •  New England was under massive military occupation (7+ / 0-)

    ....for every 3 New Englander; there was a British Regular.
    Before open hostilities commenced, the Royal Navy was blockading the coast.  

    The thing that chaffed the Revolutionary Whigs was that there was no effective representation within the British  Parliament.  The Tax issue could never be resolved for them until they got some form of representation

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    by jds1978 on Sat Jan 19, 2013 at 06:38:00 AM PST

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    •  for every 3 New Englanders; there was a British .. (8+ / 0-)

      Your numbers are way off. Yes, Boston was occupied, but the population of all of NE in 1775 was probably no more than 800,000 people.  And you are saying that there was a 3/1 ratio of New Englanders to British Regulars.  That would be in excess of 225,000 troops.  There were probably no more than 2-5,000 British troops stationed in all of NE at that time.  (With more in Halifax and Barbados)

    •  for every 3 NE; there was a British Regular (5+ / 0-)
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      check out this:  http://merrill.olm.net/...

      This estimates that the colonial population of NE in 1770 was about 580,000.  Adjusted for growth to 1775 would bring it to about approximately 600,000.  You are staying there were 200,000 British Regulars in NE?  The entire British army and navy in the WHOLE EMPIRE in the WHOLE WORLD couldn't have been that large.  It is a preposterous number.

      •  The British army (1+ / 0-)
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        used mercenaries. Check history of Williamsburg / Yorktown, VA, and why the Williamsburg had /  has an armory in the middle of town.

        "Whenever the people are well-informed, they can be trusted with their own government" T. Jefferson

        by azureblue on Sat Jan 19, 2013 at 09:22:25 AM PST

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    •  Yes, but..... (1+ / 0-)
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      The occupation was a direct product of the tax revolt, no? If Massachusetts could be counted on to pay the king's ransom, there wouldn't have been all those redcoats.

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      by FischFry on Sat Jan 19, 2013 at 07:38:03 AM PST

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      •  Americans just hate to pay taxes (3+ / 0-)
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        and love guns and violence.

        But as I remember reading it what the British wanted us to do was pay the whole costs of the French and Indian wars. You know: 18th century user fees.
        And Americans, just like they do today, did not want to pay for what they'd already gotten.
        Thats the way the British look at it anyway.

        Don't get me wrong---I'm a good American, I hate to pay taxes as much as anyone, also paying for what I already got on credit.

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        by exlrrp on Sat Jan 19, 2013 at 08:20:21 AM PST

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      •  It was the result of violence committed (2+ / 0-)
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        against tax collectors and the MA governor, whose house was burned down.

        "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

        by kovie on Sat Jan 19, 2013 at 08:28:10 AM PST

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