Patriotism In The American Revolution

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Robert Pringle Informed his brother of the impending arrival of 30 barrels of illicit gunpowder immediately after informing him about the location of a naval patrol with a “strong squadron and a great number of troops on board.” Henry Laurens was quick to suggest illicit trade to a few of his trusted business relations, albeit in far more cautious terms. In a letter to Captain Thomas Osborne of the schooner Jolly Batchelor, Laurens stated that “ you and I both know that some branches of commerce are push’d to and from St. Eutatia, and by gentlemen to of first rank and characters in trade that are not within the sanction of our laws.”
In light of the American Revolution, these rebellions have often been mislabeled as acts of liberty or patriotism,
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The success of this embassy led the colonial assembly to officially create a position for colonial agents in 1720. Colonial agents proved to be essential representatives who resided in London and looked after the interests of the colony. The agents, hired by the Carolina assemblies, gained increasing importance in colonial affairs due to stronger enforcement of the Navigation acts brought about by the increase in British military presence that the colonies had requested. The agents were officially charged “to ensure removal of the pressures on trade by application to parliament or any other persons with power to redress grievance, permission to export rice and naval stores to Spain, Portugal, and all other places in America and Africa; and to secure the continuation of the bounty on pitch, tar turpentine and other naval stores.” In more modern terms, colonial agents were lobbyist who sought to undermine the Navigation Acts, improve the business environment, and increase the profits of their employers through the application of …show more content…
In 1705 the British government not only removed all duties from such items, they paid an additional premium for their delivery in the form of a “Bounty”. While this allowed Carolina merchants to put their hands into the royal coffers, the increased production also powered the construction of the British navy. This is an interesting departure from the usual dialectic of trade between the colonists and the British

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