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Old November 14th, 2006, 07:36 AM   #1

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Benjamin Franklin joins the side of the British


On this day in 1776, the St. James Chronicle of London carries an item announcing "The very identical Dr. Franklyn [Benjamin Franklin], whom Lord Chatham [former leading parliamentarian and colonial supporter William Pitt] so much caressed, and used to say he was proud in calling his friend, is now at the head of the rebellion in North America."

What if Franklin did not join the American Rebels? What if he had sided with the British?
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Old November 14th, 2006, 08:21 AM   #2
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You may have had King Washington I of the American Empire if the British were defeated.
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Old November 19th, 2006, 12:48 PM   #3

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Don't forget that Franklin was one of the key players in winning help from the French. Could no Frankling mean no military or material aid from France. The colonists would've been hard pressed to win then, and there wouldn't have been a Yorktown.
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Old November 29th, 2006, 11:41 PM   #4

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What role played Franklin exactly?
I know that he was a great inventor, and helped as ambassador in France the French to decide to help US against England.
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Old November 30th, 2006, 03:43 AM   #5
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Maybe Hamilton would be on the $100 instead of the $10. I guess Madison could have the $10.
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Old December 1st, 2006, 02:15 PM   #6

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We would've lost one of the greatest thinkers in American History.
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Old March 23rd, 2009, 08:28 AM   #7

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Re: Benjamin Franklin joins the side of the British


Franklin had a streak of rebelliousness in him for many years, but, I think the bifurcate moment happened when Franklin appeared before the (London) Privy Council in <1774> & the humiliating treatment he received from solicitor general Alexander Wedderburn in the 'cockpit' had a great impact on his emotions.

Franklin lost his job as American postmaster soon after & I feel this really determined his future coarse.
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Re: Benjamin Franklin joins the side of the British


Just a little problem with the premise, Benjamin Franklin was on the British side, he was a British agent passing on US secrets for the whole war.

So surely you mean what if he was on the American side?
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Re: Benjamin Franklin joins the side of the British


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Just a little problem with the premise, Benjamin Franklin was on the British side, he was a British agent passing on US secrets for the whole war.

So surely you mean what if he was on the American side?

Is there a confusion meaning British agent Edward Bancroft, the secretary of the American delegation who worked with Franklin?
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Re: Benjamin Franklin joins the side of the British


Nope.
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