America’s Complete Independence from Britain

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By Archibald Willard — Archibald Willard, Public Domain,

British Economic System in the Colonies

As taxes were imposed on items that hurt the colonies financially, they turned to temporary economic independence from Britain as a bargaining tool. It began to be seen that the colonies and Britain were not perfectly joined as originally thought as many “began to reconsider the British system and their place within it.” The idea was to go back to the way things were once reason was seen and the taxes lifted by the Crown.

Yet, as the Mother Country did not learn from previous actions, they continued to put the colonies in a situation where manufacturing was looking to be more permanently temporary. Thoughts of total economic and cultural independence were not in the original thoughts of most colonists as they were perfectly happy in the British economic system. They provided the resources and Britain provided the final goods.

As the threat of an altercation between the Mother Country and her American offspring increased, plans for economic self-sufficiency were put into place with no thought of the long-term effects. Many of these failed but the attempt was loudly seen as a strong move to complete independence. The colonies were not taking any of Britain’s actions lying down.

No Economic System in Place for New Country

With superb marketing skills, many experts were enticed over the Atlantic to help build the economic foundation of America. This proved to be more difficult that many had imagined as foreign goods were still desired and an imbalance between the states on dealing the matter existed. The states still saw themselves as separate colonies governed uniquely instead of as one entity. It would take collaboration and Congress to step up to try and rectify this. It would happen but at a cost in which no state was completely satisfied. Each state would fight for its own voice and right to govern. This would continue to be a struggle through the end of the Civil War.

Growing Pains

Even the rural farming families struggled to fit in as they were both manufacturers and merchants. This spilled over into the cultural realm as society was being defined in ways that were vastly different than in Britain. The desire for more equality while struggling with inborn status views was found reflected in membership of manufacturing societies where many only had the rich as members and all had no women.

Culture Came Before Economics

Cultural independence did not happen when political and economic independence occurred. It had occurred long before. It took the steps toward economic and political freedom for anyone to fully notice how different culturally the Mother Country was from her child. The British and the Americans were totally different culturally while fooling themselves that they were one and the same.

Had to Be Quick

This was the development of American independence.


Taylor, Alan, American Colonies: The Settling of North America (New York: Penguin, 2001).

Writer for ten years, lover of education, and degrees in business, history, and English. Striving to become a Renassiance woman.

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