“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”
A Little History…
On May 10, 1773 the British enacted the Tea Act. Here was the idea: The East India Trade Company (you might remember them because Jack Sparrow tangled with them in Pirates of the Caribbean) had amassed an inventory of tea that was destroying their profit margin. The Tea Act imposed a tax on all tea sold in America by everyone except the East India Trade Company. This meant that they had a monopoly on the tea business in America. The bigger picture was that it was one more bullying action by the British that helped them by hurting the colonies Their attempt to bail out the ailing East India Trade Company led to bales of tea being tossed into the Boston Harbor. The cost of that tea translated into today’s standards is over $1,000,000.
England responded with a hard hand by assigning a military general to serve as the governor of Massachusetts. It wasn’t surprising that colonists felt that is was some form of marshal law and the voices of rebellion grew in volume and number. The Colonial Militia began gathering supplies in Concord for the possible rebellion. The British Army learned of the supplies and organized a mission to seize those supplies. Militia intelligence uncovered those plans and laid in wait for the British in Lexington. In April of 1775 tensions spilled into bloodshed as the sun rose over the fields of Lexington.
The War Had Begun
The poet Ralph Waldo Emerson immortalized that battle with his Concord Hymn (see below for whole poem) and the famous words: “it was the shot heard round the world.”
Even after the bloody battle in Massachusetts, most thought of the conflict as civil disagreement. That is to say the colonists basically thought of themselves as British citizens fighting for their rights. This thinking changed with the publication of Common Sense, a pamphlet written by Thomas Paine that argued in favor of independence from England. Support for that idea ignited the nation and led the Colonial Congress to commission Thomas Jefferson to draft a document proclaiming our independence from the British. That document, which was signed July 4th 1776, opened with the words:
“It was the shot heard round the world.” “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”
Bada Bing, Bada Bang (lots of bangs) the Revolutionary War was on and it led to the formation of our nation!
Reflect On the Day…We at Tabanero Cigars are thankful for the freedom that is part of America. We are a small artisan business that is one chapter in the story of the America dream. Please join us as we sit back, light up a hand made cigar, and watch the fireworks that symbolize the victory for independence.
Concord Hymn ~ Emerson
“By the rude bridge that arched the flood,
Their flag to April’s breeze unfurled,
Here once the embattled farmers stood,
And fired the shot heard round the world.
The foe long since in silence slept;
Alike the conqueror silent sleeps;
And Time the ruined bridge has swept
Down the dark stream which seaward creeps.
On this green bank, by this soft stream,
We set to-day a votive stone;
That memory may their deed redeem,
When, like our sires, our sons are gone.
Spirit, that made those heroes dare,
To die, and leave their children free,
Bid Time and Nature gently spare
The shaft we raise to them and thee.”