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The colonists had developed a sense of identity and unity as Americans by the eve of the Revolution Although the crown still held enough control over them to prevent absolute separation they were adamant on their attempts of becoming independent from England The colonies had initially grown to be habitually reliant on them for survival and even so every effort to split from England was met with a reaction intended to rein unyielding control However they recognized themselves not as English colonies but rather pawns used only for the success of the crown and therefore decided to endeavor for freedom from England The colonists were able to look at their situation from a rational viewpoint which led them to realize that they were essentially subservient to the British Their every move was scrutinized and all their decisions had to be pre-approved by the crown This eventually made them decide to die freemen rather than live like slaves as stated by the Continental Congress in 1775 and therefore take action against England The cartoon Join or Die published in 1754 by the Pennsylvania Gazette suggests the colonists firm view on separating from England and uniting as one This clearly stated ultimatum expresses the resolute mind-set of the colonists for they were not going to risk having a traitor in their midst They were finally stepping up and speaking out against British rule in the colonies and for the unity of their own state Furthermore the settlers in North America were not completely defenseless even though they were to some extent dependent on the English Richard Henry Lee said to Arthur Lee in 1774 that North America was then most firmly united and as firmly resolved to defend their liberties if the need would ever arise They did not agree with their way of life being taken away from them They had distinguished themselves as separate from England believing that they could sustain society enough without the
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