In 1763, few would have predicted that by 1776 a revolution would be unfolding in British America.

The ingredients of discontent seemed lacking — at least on the surface. The colonies were not in a state of economic crisis; on the contrary, they were relatively prosperous. Unlike the Irish, no groups of American citizens were clamoring for freedom from England based on national identity. KING GEORGE III was not particularly despotic — surely not to the degree his predecessors of the previous century had been.

Furthermore, the colonies were not unified. Benjamin Franklin discovered this quite clearly when he devised the ALBANY PLAN OF UNION in 1754. This plan, under the slogan “Join, or Die,” would have brought the colonial rivals together to meet the common threat of the French and Indians. Much to Franklin’s chagrin, this plan was soundly defeated.