Like other leaders of the American Revolution

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Like other leaders of the American Revolution, Benjamin Franklin lived in a time of  tumultuous changes. Born into a traditional Puritan society, he grew up with the morals  and ideas of America's first European settlers. In the early eighteenth century, America  was still a collection of scarcely populated colonies, its people spread out over a vast  area with only a few ramshackle cities. The colonies had distinctly different identities:  Massachusetts was orderly and Puritan, Pennsylvania was Quaker, New York was  largely Dutch, Virginia was aristocratic. The colonies had little in common aside from  their ties to Britain. In 1706, the year of Franklin's birth, few would have predicted that by  1790, the year of Franklin's death, the American colonies would be independent from  Britain and united as a single, massive country. Though America's eventual independence was not inevitable, in retrospect it is not 
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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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