May

7

 This article echoes a nice perspective on the American Revolution with a Harvard Princeton twist.

"When Austerity Pushed American Colonists to Revolution"

Stefan Jovanovich retorts: 

This is bad history. The Stamp Act was repealed in 1766, and the Royalists were completely in control. The few attempts at rebellion that happened after repeal were horribly unsuccessful; Sam Adams even lost his position as party boss of the Southies. When Ethan Allen arrived in Philadelphia to ask for supplies to reinforce the Green Mountain Boys' control of the New Hampshire Grants (what became Vermont), the Congress told him to do a full inventory of the cannon and powder that Allen and Arnold had captured at Ft. Ticonderoga. Why? Because Congress was offering to give it all back. The Revolution was anything but inevitable. But for the Battle at Breed's Hill, it would not have happened; even Concord and Lexington would have been papered over (warning - Stamp Act pun) if Gage had not decided to try to capture the colonists' two useless cannon that "threatened" (sic) his ships in Boston harbor. But, after Bunkers Hill, it was on. The 2,000 British soldiers suffered 55% casualties (the colonists' first volley was sot at a distance of 15 yards), Gage wrote to London asking for reinforcements of 30,000 men, the Congress decided that they had to get in front of the mob so it could be a parade by sending Washington to Boston, and the arrival of the cannon from Ticonderoga forced the British to abandon Boston. London did send the 30,000 and more but not to Boston but to New York.

How any of this applies to Cyprus is beyond me, especially since it is doubtful that the EU countries combined could currently mount an amphibious invasion of 3,000 men, let alone 10 times that number.


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