Anonymous asked in Society & CultureRoyalty · 1 month ago

Did King George III and his government actually want to lose the American colonies? Were they happy to see them go ?

The colonies, which became the country called the United States of America, were:  New York, Virginia, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Georgia, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Delaware, South Carolina, Connecticut, Maryland, and New Hampshire. 

14 Answers

  • Buzz
    Lv 4
    1 month ago
    Favourite answer

    God no, they were a lucrative commodity and a key source of power for the empire. This is why France were so keen to help the USA depose the UK.

    If they didn’t care they wouldn’t have fought to keep them. 

  • Edna
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    At the time he lost control of the American Colonies, King George III probably wasn't even aware of what was going on.

    In the later part of his life, George had recurrent, and eventually permanent, mental illness. Although it has since been suggested that he had bipolar disorder or the blood disease porphyria, the cause of his illness remains unknown. 

    After a final relapse in 1810, a regency was established. His eldest son, George, Prince of Wales, ruled as Prince Regent until his father's death, when he succeeded as George IV. 

  • 1 month ago

    George III had no real power to implement any policy he wished to make (no monarch had since 1689 and the creation of the Bill of Rights, forming the constitutional monarchy Britain still has today) and he was a little ambivalent about the whole thing. The only thing that concerned him was the welfare of his colonial subjects who he feared were being "led astray" which might cause them a disastrous future.

    The real power, the government in Westminster headed by the Prime Minister, Lord North, were mainly worried about a French re-invasion of the American colonies should those colonies break away from the home country and a subsequent expansion of a Franco-Spanish Empire, which would effect British trade.

    Strangely enough, however, there was greater support for American independence in Britain than there ever was in the colonies themselves. Over 50% of Britons were supportive of letting the 13 colonies go, whereas the rebels in America only ever achieved a maximum of 33% support amongst their fellow colonists, even at the height of the rebellion. 

    The main reason behind the higher support in Britain to offload the colonies is that an average British merchant paid 26 Shillings and Fourpence a year in tax, of which almost two-thirds went to the upkeep of the 13 colonies. A colonial merchant of equal standing was asked to pay just 1 Shilling a year in tax - which they regularly refused or simply just avoided.

    When conflict broke out and the French, Spanish and Dutch involved themselves against the British, the French and Spanish began attacking far more important and profitable British colonies around the world. The British government sent greater and more experienced land and naval forces to successfully protect these colonies than ever were sent to America, as those 13 colonies had already started to be seen as a pointless headache rather than an important economic bonus.

    The 13 colonies had always financially cost Britain more to keep hold of than they ever got out of it. Trade was useful, but it did not cover the outlay the British had to make to keep the colonies safe. After the loss of those colonies, Britain suddenly found itself with six times the amount of cash in it's treasury than it had previously. This meant it had the ability to now grow it's trade Empire, by expanding the Royal Navy and commercial shipping and colonising other parts of the world, which were far far more profitable than their American dominions had ever been. Besides, they still had Canada where most of the required trade goods had come from anyway.

    So, did the British want to lose the American colonies? -  to begin with, not really. But were they happy to see them go? - at the end, a most definite yes. They benefited greatly from not having them. George III said:

    "I may have been the last to consent to separation. But the separation having been made and having become inevitable, I have always said, as I say now, that I would be the first to meet the friendship of the United States as an independent power."

  • 1 month ago

    No, remember that people in London did not have a real time picture of what was going on the colonies because they were relying on sailing ships. For example, the last battle in the War of 1812 took place after the War of 1812 officially ended. 

    Therefore, if they had a clear picture of what was happening in the 13 Colonies in real time-they might have had different policies, more self government for the Colonies and so on. This is exactly what happened in what became the Dominions such as Canada, because they learned their lesson by losing the 13 Colonies. 

    The fact that non-white colonies such as Kenya or India were not allowed to move towards self-government like say New Zealand, probably had a lot to do with yes; racism. So we can see Britain "losing" India as repeating some of the same mistakes of the mid 1700s. 

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  • Foofa
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    If George III could see us now he'd probably be glad he lost us. 

  • jimmy
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    The war in Europe was far more important than the colonies in the Americas. But Britain did kick the USA out of British North America (Canada) in the war of 1812.

  • Clo
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    No, the monarch and government did not want to lose the American colonies.

  • Rico
    Lv 5
    1 month ago

    If they wanted to lose them, why did they authorise the war, with the aim of retaining them??

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    the King was suffering from Mercury poisoning so he had no idea what was going on at the Time the British wished to maintain the Americas

  • 1 month ago

    Certainly didn't want to lose control, the New World was far too valuable.  The fact that only 1/3rd of the English military forces were sent to fight because of the longtime fighting with other European powers helped the U.S. victory.  The king couldn't afford to leave the homeland vulnerable.

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