Topic: Britain

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British Opinion of the Americas

In this work, a British author expresses his views on the ways in which the colonists and Great Britain could peacefully resolve their differences. Written in the wake...
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British Soldier

This is an image of a regular British soldier. Dressing with strict precision, British soldiers looked nearly identical to one another in their scarlet coats. Their uniforms were...
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Common Sense

Published in January 1776, Thomas Paine’s COMMON SENSE made the case for an immediate separation of the colonies from Great Britain. It attacked hereditary privilege, exposed the failures...
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Currency Act

The Currency Act of 1764 forbade colonists from using paper money as legal tender to pay their public or private debts. This measure represented an effort by Parliament...
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Declaratory Act

The Declaratory Act stated that Parliament had the authority to pass laws on all matters relating to the governance of the colonies. Passed after the repeal of the...
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Design for a Library Bookcase

This image is a design for a bookcase by the well-known English furniture designer, Thomas Chippendale. In the mid-18th century, many of the wealthiest people in Britain and...
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Designs for Chippendale Chairs

This image is a design for chairs by the well-known English furniture designer, Thomas Chippendale. In the mid-18th century, many of the wealthiest people in Britain and the...
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English Fleet

This is an image of the English fleet, or Royal Navy. Britain became the most powerful maritime power in the world during the eighteenth century. By building up...
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Frederick North, 2nd Earl of Guilford

This portrait shows Lord North as prime minister. Before 1776, he took a hard line against colonial protests. In 1778, he offered concessions to end an expensive and...
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Front View of the Bank of England

This is an image of the Bank of England. Throughout the 18th century, this was the most powerful private institution in Great Britain. By lending money to the...