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The earliest settlers left England in an attempt to escape the kings unfair ways of life They came to North America in search of a better life and for freedom of expression Even though the settlers left England the British still had control over them and their lives They did not find the freedom they traveled 3000 miles they came here for They only way that the colonist had a chance of becoming a free and independent state was to break away from English rule The only way to do so was to become unified and strong as a whole During this time period England was the strongest nation in the world it would be impossible for a nation that was not unified nation to defeat them When posed the question To what extent had the colonist developed a sense of their identity and unity as Americans by the eve of the Revolution I feel that they developed it greatly In this essay I will attempt to prove that the colonist slowly became unified as time drew closer to the actual revolution A political cartoon titled Join or Die was published by Benjamin Franklin in the Pennsylvania Gazette on May 9th 1754 The cartoon shows a snake cut into eight different pieces and every one of them representing a colony Each part corresponds to the geographical position of the colonies along the East Coast This cartoon was established to stretch the importance of the need of the uniting of the colonies during this time period Felling the need to resolve their differences and a restore on the Indians confidence delegates met in Albany in 1754 They gave the Indians 30 wagons of supplies and came up with a plan for a colonial confederation This plan included a Grand Council representing all the colonies and a president general as its executive officer This plan failed quickly because they did not have any say in
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