Thursday, July 02, 2009

Kicking George

This weekend features the anniversary of the day we officially decided to kick King George out of town. In a decision largely unrelated to King George, Kathy and I are going to secluded mountaintop retreat for three nights.

There may be internet. There may not be. There may be internet but I may not decide to make use of it.

Which is by way of saying, I'll probably check you all next week.


Blogger Ralf the Dog said...

This date is also celebrated in England as, "The day we kicked those freeloading Yanks out! We won't take them back no matter how much they beg us."

In America we celebrate the 4th of July by shooting fireworks into the air in honor of the brave Colonial Anti Aircraft Gunners who shot down the British fighters and bombers in the great air battle of 1776.

Mr. Williams, please have fun on your trip.

1:21 PM  
Anonymous Steve Stirling said...

Ralf: actually, that turns out to be more or less true.

American per-capita incomes went down 40% after the War of Independence and didn't recover to 1776 levels until the 1820's.

It turns out the Patriots were fighting to keep golden guineas out of their own pockets, and the British were fighting to force them to accept not just the sovereignty of King George, but King George's sovereigns.

"Take the British taxpayer's money, colonial scum!"
"No! A thousand times no!"

9:54 PM  
Blogger dubjay said...

I suspect that everybody's income went down after 1775. There was a general European war from 1778 to 1783, and again from 1791 to 1815. Everyone's economy was taking a big hit.

11:43 AM  

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