The fear of losing your guns is not a new concept started in recent political battles of the 21st century. An entire world, an entire nation, was forged when in April 1775 the British went to seize a local militia arsenal. Without guns, the Patriots would have no future chance to ever challenge the crown. Violence ensued and the Revolutionary conflict began.
But The Revolution Did Not Mean Smooth Sailing For The Colonies
Some misnomers about the revolutionary war. This was not a United Nation. We wanted freedom but we only wanted it for certain groups which was a bizarre paradox. We also didn’t completely agree as a colony whether we should go to war. In fact almost a third of the population were Tories or people who still supported the crown. This left another third deciding to stay neutral due to the potential for retribution if the side they selected lost the war. But One third of the population in the colonies that was adamant that they would fight England for independence.
War Support Was Not Universal, In Fact It Was Not Even A Majority
It is a strange parallel to today. The idea that a minority faction of the United States population was so passionate that they would change the political climate for everyone is amazing. Even more amazing was the fact that they succeeded against a crown without a majority of colonial support. The military ramifications of war with England were seemingly heavily lopsided in favor of English victory.
The Sun Never Sets..
The English were emerging as the great empire to come in the 19th century. At the end of the 19th century the saying ‘the sun never sets on the British empire’ would be common dogma in other nations. This was an aggressive expansionist nation, very adept at settling new lands and keeping order in them. Insurrections were not new to them, and one of their new world colonies having an uprising would be something they could suffocate quickly and regain firm control of this land.
On top of that a commander who had not had a successful military career when in the employ of the British empire would be in charge. That man was George Washington and it is safe to say the British did not revere him as a great general.
Colonial Williamsburg is our link to the past
And the war would be felt everywhere, including Colonial Williamsburg in a seemingly peaceful settlement. This town gives us a chance to see a dimensional view of the world that would harbor this revolution and the people who would support it, oppose it, or stay neutral. It is a living recreated historical microcosm of the world of the colonies around the time of the American Revolution. Battles in the future would be fought here and this link to the past is a great way to get new insights to day to day life in this conflict.
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