No Affection for England in the American Colonies

No Affection for England in the American Colonies:

Most people who dwelt in the American colonies did not have any special fondness for England because of the following reasons-

(1) A lot of people had settled in the colonies when they were persecuted on religious grounds. They did not have any sympathy with the Church or the British government.

(2) Criminals were deported to colonies. Jailors and judges were encouraged to deport criminals to America instead of keeping them in native jails. The progeny of deported criminals was not expected to have any attachment with England.

(3) In addition to the English, several peoples of European countries had settled in the colonies. Not an iota of sympathy for England could be expected from the heterogeneous population of the colonies.

(4) The English and the Americans were also at variance with one another in the matter of religion. The majority of people in the colonies were Puritans while the English were Anglicans (the followers of the Church of England). Religious diversity too left little love in people for England.

(5) The colonists were brimming with the spirit of equality, whereas, class-differences prevailed in England, and the aristocrats still dominated the society. Trevelyian- a great historian- has rightly stated, “Whereas the English society was orthodox, complex, and artificial; the Americans maintained freshness and simplicity. The Americans had adapted themselves to the new ways of life after relinquishing all their old concepts and practices and they underwent a great transformation to become true ‘Americans’.” Such diversity of character also contributed to people’s disinterest in England.

Important Links:

Ideas and Principles
Negligible Interference by British Government
Development of Intellectual Awareness
The Colonists Love for Freedom
Impact of Seven Years War
Economic Exploitation of the Colonies
Greenville Policy
Rockingham Declaratory Act
Townshend Tax Project
Lord North Tea Policy
Intercontinental Conference of the Congress
Declaration of Independence
Independence War of USA Significant Events
Paris Pact September 3, 1783
The Constitution of America
Causes of the Failure of the English
Nature of the Independence War of USA
American Revolution or American War of Independence