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Old 08-09-2018, 07:42 AM
 
Location: crafton pa
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Lots of great answers from everyone as i appreciate the responses.

Also if memory serves me correctly and that is once France entered the war that there were independence uprisings against Great Britain in the Indies but that either Commander in Chief Howe or Clinton sent some 5,000 troops down there to crush them which ended their short bid for independence.

Does that sound correct?
That is correct. According to the mercantilist economic theories of the time, the tropical colonies that could produce things like sugar were far more valuable than the temperate colonies that actually started the rebellion. The idea of colonies was that they would provide raw materials to the mother country that the mother country could not produce on its own. The mother country in turn would use these raw materials to manufacture goods for export, sell them abroad for gold, and thereby impoverish rival nations. The Indies islands were far more important and valuable than were the American colonies under this system. The American colonies produced little that could not be produced in England. Any industry developing there would not have been considered a source of wealth by England, but rather competition for the home country that should be squelched.
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Old 08-09-2018, 12:05 PM
 
Location: Independent Republic of Ballard
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That is correct. According to the mercantilist economic theories of the time, the tropical colonies that could produce things like sugar were far more valuable than the temperate colonies that actually started the rebellion.

The Brits considered the Atlantic colonies to be a financial drain, which led them to lay on the taxes that sparked the rebellion.
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