As the colonies of America took shape and prospered in the 1750s and 1760s, the idea of independence from England had risen. England’s “taxation without representation” and its idea of a virtual representation had some colonists in America crying out for independence; however, this view was not unanimous throughout the colonies. There was a real dividing line between those that wanted independence, those that did not, and those that didn’t care either way.
In order for the colonies to be free, there needed to be a sense of unity among them. Ben Franklin’s Albany Plan was originally formulated to defend against the French, but really sent a message that in order for the people of America to prosper and defend themselves, they needed to unite as one body; however, it failed and stands out as a negative on the road to unity. The Bias and future governor of Virginia, Richard Henry Lee, stated that all of North America, (with the exception of New York) “…Is firmly united... and resolved to defend their liberties.” He affirmed the idea written by the Continental Congress, saying that they were “with one mind resolved.” The members of the Congress would rather die as freemen with rights and representation, rather than live like slaves. A report from the Massachusetts Historical society shows that when Boston needed relief, not only people from Connecticut sent goods, but many other neighboring states did the same. This shows a real genuine inter-colony concern for one another. More examples of unity in the Colonies were the organization of the Albany Congress, Stamp Act Congress, and Continental Congress. Although this desire for independency was evident throughout the colonies, so were Loyalists, those that wanted to remain part of England.
There was not only strife within North America with Britain, but also conflict between the colonies in themselves. Delegates from the colonies had different views and this would put a road-block in the...