King George III of Great Britain declared the American colonies in revolution on this day in 1775. Following increased sentiments of dissatisfaction with the British regime in the Thirteen Colonies, people began staging acts of defiance of the empire, such as the Boston Tea Party. These escalated into a full-blown revolution, one that pitted the entire British Empire against the Americans. Despite widespread dislike towards the British Empire, many in America did not oppose British rule, and fled North to Canada, still a British colony at the time. France, and Spain, still recovering from defeats to the British Empire earlier that century, sought revenge against the country and allied themselves with America, helping to turn the tides and to secure an American victory. The end of the war, with the loss of most British lands in the continental U.S. is widely regarded as the end of England’s first empire, the second one stretching throughout the nineteenth century and the Victorian Age.
“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.”-Benjamin Franklin