It is generally known, I think, that freedom does not come without a fight…on any level. There is not just one battle, either. The adversary will not give in easily, and though defeated once, will return to oppose and vanquish, if possible. George Washington foresaw that eventuality when, in 1774, he declared that a war with Great Britain would result in the spilling of more blood than had yet to be seen in North American history.
The extraordinary and compelling language of the Declaration of Independence outlines the “long train of abuses and usurpations” that were perpetrated by the King of England on the American colonies, abuses intending to “reduce (the colonies) under absolute despotism”. Not remembering much from grade school history (!), I am staggered upon reading this list of unrelenting oppression against a young America.
One of the final incidents leading to the outright armed conflict of the Revolutionary War was the English response to the famous ‘Boston Tea Party’. Protesting taxation on the tea, 15,000 pounds of it were dumped into Boston harbor by a group of colonists disguised as Indians, in December of 1773. British Parliament reacted with the passing of four laws that became known among American citizens as the Intolerable Acts, affecting their commerce, territory, and government. King George III at that time made a solemn pronouncement: “The die is now cast; the colonies must either submit or triumph.”
One of these laws called for the closing of the port of Boston, and the enforcement of that law was guaranteed by the presence of British warships. An elected member of the House of Burgesses, George Washington voted with the other burgesses declaring this act to be a hostile invasion of Boston. Shortly thereafter, delegates from all the colonies convened for the first Continental Congress,in May of 1774.
George Washington was elected as a representative for the state of Virginia, and later that year, he was made field officer for the Virginia militia.
On April 19, 1775, the first shots of the Revolutionary War were fired at Lexington Green, Massachusetts. It is astonishing to me that we were outnumbered almost ten to one that fateful day. Seven hundred British soldiers! against about seventy-seven of Paul Revere’s Minute Men…what a threat we were to them! What a threat the spirit of Liberty is to all those who desperately need to control!
Thank you so much for stopping by……Christina
“Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty”….(2nd.Cor.3:17)