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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