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Out of Revolution, A New Nation Was Born

| July 04, 2019
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On July 4, 1776, the American colonies banded together and declared independence from Great Britain. The countries had been at war for more than a year due to a number of issues, particularly in regards to harsh taxation and a lack of representation which violated the rights of the colonists. The conflict continued for five more years.1Here are a few other facts to share as you celebrate America’s independence this year:

  • The United States formally became a free and independent nation in 1783 with the signing of the Treaty of Paris.2
  • Vinegar was an important staple for soldiers fighting in the Continental Army.  It made water from creeks, rivers, and lakes more drinkable and added flavor to food. It was also a beneficial antiseptic.3
  • Women fought in the revolution disguised as men. Deborah Sampson, who fought under the alias Robert Shurtliff, was discovered after being injured. She received a pension for her service.4
  • Lots of famous quotes come from the American Revolution, including Patrick Henry’s “Give me liberty or give me death,” and Benjamin Franklin’s “There never was a good war, or a bad peace.”5

Many Americans aren’t any happier about paying taxes today than they were back then. Give us a call if you would like to discuss tax-advantaged investing or tax minimization.

Sources:

1https://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/u-s-declares-independence

2https://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/the-food-that-fueled-the-american-revolution-25701053/

3https://books.google.com/books?id=E-2zPuTfsjkC&q=rations#v=snippet&q=rations&f=false(Page 240) (or goto https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/peakcontent/Peak+Documents/HG-4th_of_July_2018_Book-The_American_Revolution_100_Pg_240-Footnote_3.pdf)

4https://www.battlefields.org/learn/articles/women-american-revolution

5https://dc.lib.unc.edu/cgi-bin/showfile.exe?CISOROOT=/minipage&CISOPTR=11979&CISOMODE=print

 

  • The above material was prepared by Carson Coaching.
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