| American History Stories, Volume I|
|by Mara L. Pratt|
|Stories of early exploration and founding of American colonies, conflicts over religion, and troubles with the Indians, culminating in the French and Indian War. Ages 8-12 |
HOW THE COLONIES GREW UNITED
 The close of this French and Indian War brings us close upon
a period which is perhaps the most important in the whole
history of our country.
We are coming upon that great war known as the
Revolutionary War. Revolution, you know, means a turning
over, a changing about; and you will think, before you get
through, that it was indeed a turning over and a changing
Before we start upon that great war, let us look over this
country and see what sort of people and conditions we are
going to deal with.
During this French and Indian War, the people of the
thirteen colonies had
uncon-  sciously been getting ready for the Revolution which was so
near at hand.
Before this war, there had been a great deal of petty
jealousy between the different colonies. Each had been
jealous of the other's religion and customs. The Swedes
didn't care to have much to do with the Dutch, and the Dutch
were rather jealous of the Swedes; the Puritans and the
Quakers had not quite forgotten the days of persecution; the
Episcopalians of Virginia, the wealthy planters with their
slaves, looked down upon the northern colonists as a very
common sort of people.
But during this French and Indian War all the colonies had
fought side by side against a common foe, the Indians and
French. They had grown more used to each other's ways; the
Virginian Episcopalians had found that the Massachusetts
Puritans were, after all,
 quite as brave and noble as they themselves were; while on
the other side these rigid Puritans had found that the
Virginians were true and honest-hearted, and could make just
as sturdy soldiers as were to be found in any colony. All
these bitter feelings were gradually softened down, and
at the end of the war many a Puritan, Catholic and
Episcopalian had made warm friendships with one another,
which no doubt lasted as long as they lived.
Other things, too, had been working to bring them together.
The British officers had, throughout the war, sneered at the
colonists, and had plainly shown them that England
considered them as a very inferior sort of people.
Their wishes and their advice had been thrust aside in
contempt, and their best officers had often been pushed out
to make room for
 some young Englishman who knew no more about the work
before him than a child.
All these and many other influences had been at work to
bring about in the colonists a more united brotherly
feeling; while, at the same time, there had been creeping
into their hearts and heads a feeling of rebellion against
the injustice of England, and a sense of strength in
themselves, which by and by, as we shall soon see, broke out
in that war between England and America known as the
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