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By 1755, Britain was at war with France over America. The frontier was again in danger.  Franklin organized another militia and this time took charge. In January of 1756 he led  500 soldiers to the frontier and built a fort before being called back to Philadelphia for an  important meeting. While he was away, his troops elected him colonel, but before he  could return, the Board of Trade (the branch of the British government responsible for  the colonies) disbanded the militia, fearing that it was too democratic. Long before  Franklin became a revolutionary, he was already scaring the British. In 1757, representing the Pennsylvania assembly, Franklin sailed to England. His  assignment was to convince the British government to allow the Pennsylvania assembly  to tax the colony's "proprietors." These people, many of whom lived in Britain, owned  large amounts of land in Pennsylvania. They had inherited the land from William Penn, 
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This note was uploaded on 12/14/2011 for the course HIST 2320 taught by Professor Siegenthaler during the Fall '07 term at Texas State.

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