Benjamin Franklin´s Involvement in the English Empire

With Benjamin Franklin’s ambition to see one day the glorious English Empire shifted to North America, specifically in Pennsylvania and to get rid of the proprietors, he envisages a single community that will embody Englishmen only. For that reason, Franklin is against massive immigration of Germans and the presence of African slaves which will fade the identity of a perfect English Empire. He becomes more optimistic of his vision when the Crown appoints him in 1753 as a postmaster at Williamsburg. Despite all the failures that he encounters from not passing solutions such as colonial union and the Albany Plan, Franklin still maintains his degree of confidence and loyalty to the mother country. Closer to his dream, he has been selected in 1757 to become a mission to England. The argument over the issue of taxing lands in North America between the legislature and the governor makes him happy of going “home to England”. Unfortunately, his long lasting hope and perseverance begin to fade when the British government introduces the Stamp Act. Franklin begins to discover more about the Englishmen during the critic of the Stamp Act. Finally, the involvement of Franklin in the affair of the Hutchison letters which affects his political career automatically turns him into a patriot. The introduction of the Stamp Act in the colonies to maintain the army is the most damaging solution. This is not the first time the Great Britain is coming up with taxation program. For instance, the 1733 Molasses Act and the Sugar Act of 1764 are used to raise revenue for the Crown but what makes these Acts different from the Stamp Act is they have not been enforced on the colonies and also these acts levy duties on foreign wine and certain other goods import... ... middle of paper ... ...have a clear understanding of the situation and will provide reconciliation between the mother country and her colonies. Unfortunately things do not turn out as he plans and Franklin becomes in British eyes the single person most responsible for American resistance. Despite his challenges in England, he has not given up. He continues to lobby against the passage of the Coercive Act in 1774. At the end of December 1774 and throughout January 29, Lord Chatham approaches Franklin on what might be done. Without giving Franklin time to make any final decision, Chatham goes ahead and introduces his comprehensive plan for reconciliation. Franklin is sure and certain that nobody can speak for America if Americans do not write their own plan of reconciliation. Franklin returns to Philadelphia on May 5, 1775 where fighting between colonists and British have already started
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