Strengths, Weaknesses and Outcomes
Britain could have maintained a beneficial long lasting bond and enjoyed continual control of the colonies well into the future by implementing better diplomatic practices before the onset of the war. After the onset of the American Revolution the colonists had some advantages against Britain; however, it was with the aid of the French that America was able to achieve its independence.
The British had the opportunity to maintain their status as a mother country before the onset of the American Revolution by exercising better diplomatic strategy with their colonies in the US.
The colonist gained many advantages from their ties to Britain and also had a strong sense of loyalty to their mother country. The British had a need to recuperate expenses used to defend British colonist in the seven year war. To obtain this parliament passed different bills with the aim of gaining revenue from the colonists. The desire to collect revenue for this behalf was reasonable; however, the diplomatic matter in which they carried this task out is was where the problem was seeded.
The colonies which had been mainly established by trading companies, religious groups and land spectators had been allowed to gain the momentum of self-sufficiency and freedom of experimenting with local governments. Britain was able to legitimize their role over these territories through the mercantile system. To take over the wheel completely replacing the array of already established systems within the towns Britain needed to focus on unifying the colonies with British patriotism as well as to gradually implement policy. Drastic and swift measures would only prove to make a great distance even greater, diminish the sense of loyalty replacing it with resentment, and increase the temptations of maintaining pride with a blind eye.
If the British would have had addressed the American cry “No taxation without representation” this would have been a friendly gesture to strengthen the bond and aid in addressing the trouble of governing from great distances. Even if the colonists would not have been completely appeased with this gesture, it would have contributed to creating a positive image of Britain.
Britain could use such gestures, accompanied with the loyalist spirit already present, to butter-up the mind set of their colonies. This would have counteracted the propaganda that was circulating against Britain at the time.
Patience could have acted as a virtue in the case of Britain passing Acts upon the colonies. Britain could have placed espionage officials amongst the colonists to gage...