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4/8/2015 7:40:23 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
Can it be said that without Henry the Eighth America would not exist as it is today? He was responsible for English protestantism and many of those English protestants would be the ones to establish the 13 colonies which would later become the United States Of America. Also Under him and with his permission a son of A blacksmith, Thomas Cromwell to rise up to a great power as financial advisor to the King, in an age where status matters greatly suddenly allowed a commoner to enter the royal court, he was not the first but Thomas Cromwell is responsible for changing parliament into a sole taxing power into what it is today and these ideas of parliaments and democracy would also be taken to America. And this was done with the permission of The King, he did it for selfish reasons and later executed Thomas Cromwell but is was still done under his reign.He may have been the most selfish king in English history, yet I believe is quite responsible is some ways to the creation of America as we know it.
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4/8/2015 8:14:59 PM
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One of the great problems in history is where to start with "who started something" because Queen Elizabeth I could easily be just as responsible for going ahead with colonial explorations in the first place. At the same time, when we really think of America and the identity of America does that mean the Magna Carta is responsible for America was we know as well as other influential British texts and documents? John Locke and other philosophers should their own credit as well for influencing the American Revolution as well. Is George Washington responsible for America? Is King Louis XVI? Benjamin Franklin for convincing France to join the war thus making the revolution winnable? Benedict Arnold for winning the Battle of Saratoga?
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4/9/2015 10:06:38 AM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 4/8/2015 8:14:59 PM, 1Historygenius wrote:
One of the great problems in history is where to start with "who started something" because Queen Elizabeth I could easily be just as responsible for going ahead with colonial explorations in the first place. At the same time, when we really think of America and the identity of America does that mean the Magna Carta is responsible for America was we know as well as other influential British texts and documents? John Locke and other philosophers should their own credit as well for influencing the American Revolution as well. Is George Washington responsible for America? Is King Louis XVI? Benjamin Franklin for convincing France to join the war thus making the revolution winnable? Benedict Arnold for winning the Battle of Saratoga?

Aye well it could be said that it was a mix of things
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