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24th, 2018

            The Albany Plan of Union in 1754 was
a proposal by seven British North American colonies to create a centralized
government. The seven colonies included were Maryland, Pennsylvania, New York, Connecticut,
Rhode Island, Massachusetts and New Hampshire. The original purpose behind the
Albany Congress was to negation terms between the Mohawk Native Americans, part
of Iroquois Confederation, and the British colony New York. However, this
meeting sparked a process of meetings and discussions that led to the Albany
Plan of the Union on July 10, 1754. The colony governments rejected and did not
act on their proposal because it would greatly diminish their wealth and power
over the colonies.

            The representative for the
Pennsylvania Colony at this congress was Benjamin Franklin who was a strong
supporter of brining the colonies together under one union. His newspaper
published a cartoon of a snake cut into separate parts reading, “Join or Die.”
Each part of the snake represented a colony, symbolizing that together they
would be stronger. Franklin felt that united under a common interest, the
colonies would be much more protected by Native American enemies and the French
and Spanish expansions that were to the North and South respectively. He had a
right to make this claim because at the time they were not receiving much
support from Great Britain. The British Government was more concerned with
handling relations with Native Americans and maintaining and expanding
territory in North America. Benjamin Franklin was supporting something bigger
than growing a bigger empire. The Albany Plan was something that would change
the political landscape of the colonies completely and was different from the
rest of the world. The British government did not care about the individual
problems facing the colonies and this is why it was never accepted.

            In hindsight, it was good that this
proposition was never accepted because if it had, the colonies may have never
revolted. If excepted, the colonies would have still been under the same
British rule. What sparked the revolution was the lack of independence from the
British Government and the taxes levied upon them. If the Albany Plan of Union had
been accepted, it would have been enough to keep the colonist happy under
British control. The plan would have given them more freedom which would create
environment opposite of a revolution. The Albany plan was a step in the right
direction and had some important components that relate to our modern
government. The plan involved a democratically elected grand council and
Britain would appoint a presidential General, very similar to the legislative
and executive branches in United Stated government. While it would not have
been best if the plan was accepted, the Albany Plan of Union was a crucial
stepping stone in uniting the British colonies into the future United States.

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