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.
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)
- The above material was prepared by Carson Coaching.