I was born and raised in America, and it occurred to me that I have only known America’s side about why the Revolutionary War started. I have written a few stories about the Colonial era that of course centers around this great war, and my stories are more about the Loyalists. For this blog, I decided to put my feet in the shoes of those on the other side of the ocean to see what may have been going through their minds during this time.
The original thirteen colonies were under Britain's rule and in 1763 right after the French and Indian Wars, Britain adopted a policy that the colonies should pay an increased portion of the costs for keeping them in the Empire. Apparently, Britain spend a huge amount of money on the French and Indian wars and inevitably, taxes needed to be raised to cover their debt. The thirteen colonies were so far away and lacked elected representation in the governing British Parliament. For a while, the colonies had accepted America's way of doing things. In America, both men and women were considered equal, we owned land, and we were able to govern it without the government getting involved.
Colonists galvanized around the position that the Stamp Act of 1765, imposed by Parliament of Great Britain, was unconstitutional. The British Parliament insisted it had the right to tax colonists. The colonists claimed, that as they were Englishmen, that taxation without representation was unfair. The American colonists formed a unifying Continental Congress and a shadow government in each colony. The American boycott of British tea led to the Boston Tea Party in 1773. London responded by ending self-government in Massachusetts and putting it under the control of the army with General Thomas Gage as governor.
So now the real question is…why did King George III do this? Why would he want to rule so harshly over the thirteen colonies? I started thinking of this as a mother—since it’s hard for me not to. I’ve got rules in my house, and if my children don’t follow my rules, they are punished. I have two daughters; one is my obedient daughter, and the other is…well, let’s just say she’s my rebel. When I put myself into King George’s shoes, I can see that he must have thought of us as his children. The thirteen colonies were so far away and so did not live within the king’s rules. Because we were so far away, we wanted to do things ourselves. We wanted to be independent and thought we could create better rules. And…since we were across the ocean and were not watched carefully like unruly children, we were able to become rebellious. My youngest daughter fought me every time she turned around. She won, of course, because she was so tired of my rules that she moved out of the house and started her own life.
Therefore, if I compare what happened in my own family to what was going on before the Revolutionary War, everything makes sense. Was King George III right—or were the thirteen colonies in the right? I suppose it depends on which child you were. Right?
For those of you who enjoy reading about this era, and don’t mind that the story is on the Patriot’s side, I would invite you to check out my Colonial, Take My Heart http://amzn.com/B005OU7VFS
Mercedes Maxwell’s sister’s last wish was for Mercedes to find evidence against Kat’s husband, William Braxton, and have him hung as a traitor to the crown. Mercedes isn’t naïve when it comes to capturing traitors, because her own deceased husband had once been an agent for the King when they lived in England.
When she meets William Braxton for the first time, all is not as it seems. Portraying her twin, Mercedes knows this is the only way to get close enough to William to discover his secrets. What she finds along the way are little surprises she hadn’t counted on, especially when she begins to give her heart to a man who may be a spy against the crown.
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