Good to be back! Been a while I know, but sometimes, things just keep getting away. So here we are, the War of Independence, the Revolution! I think as things go, I’ll go year by year through the war up until 1781, then speed things up a bit again. In this episode, we take a look at a most pivotal year, 1776. Independence is declared, the army is fully engaged and the fighting is very real throughout the former colonies, now states. Grand news at podcast central, I’ll be getting the week between Christmas and New Year’s off, so hopefully more time spent on the podcast to come.
As Lorne Michaels once said, “The show doesn’t go on because it’s perfect it goes on because it’s 11:30.” And such it is as I watch Saturday Night Live that the podcast is going up. I was playing around with recording on my voice memo and editing with GarageBand. It didn’t go so well. I like the voice memo, but the editing was not…logical. Couldn’t make cuts like I wanted, no fade ins or fade outs. But before I got it back to my office and my other editing software, two more days would have passed. So let’s get to the revolution.
And that is where we are. The revolution is upon us! We ended last time at the Boston Tea Party. We end this cast at December 31, 1775 and a lot happens. Forgive the edits, but please enjoy the content.
Hello again! This episode takes us through the various attempts to tax tea on the colonies, all met with various means of resistance. The Boston Massacre, The Boston Tea Party and the activities of the Massachusetts legislature are all covered here. But thanks to the wonders of podcasting, some other areas are covered as well.
A quick audio note: In the constant pursuit of better sound, I tried a new mic, a snowflake, which is its nickname. You audiophiles out there probably know the proper name and specs. Sadly, I’m not pleased. Another trick to try on the next cast!
In this cast we continue on to 1776. Ten years prior an act, the Stamp Act would create a storm unlike anything seen in the colonies. When the crisis was over, things seemed to be back to normal, but in fact nothing would ever quite be the same.
The French and Indian War is over for the colonies and Great Britain is the big winner. But how to pay for it all? How to tend to it all? The British have the answers, or at least they think they do. After a major conflict with Native Americans, a new government in London sets the empire on a new course, designed to benefit all and organize the now massive holdings in North America. Also, trying something new: adding a few bumpers in there to break things up a bit. We’ll see.
Well here we are! The end of the French and Indian War. It is a bit of a longer cast, but not overwhelming, which is good. We see in this episode the fall of Montreal, the rise of King George III the fall of William Pitt and the rise of Great Britain to its preeminent role as global superpower. The ripples of this conflict will have a great impact on the rest of the eighteenth century, especially in North America.
Well, shoot. I’ve been radio silent for over a month. But back to the wilds of North America and the war that led to the War of Independence. In this episode, the tide definitely turns the British way. New commanders come and go under Pitt, but the Annus Mirabilis of 1759 sets the cities of the British Empire all a flutter. The French turn their attention to Europe, ultimately sealing the fate of their holdings, and citizens in North America.