On July 4, 1776, the American colonies banded together and declared independence from Great Britain. The countries had been at war for more than a year due to a number of issues, particularly in regards to harsh taxation and a lack of representation which violated the rights of the colonists. The conflict continued for five more years.1 Here are a few other facts to share as you celebrate America’s independence this year:

• The United States formally became a free and independent nation in 1783 with the signing of the Treaty of Paris.2

• Vinegar was an important staple for soldiers fighting in the Continental Army.  It made water from creeks, rivers, and lakes more drinkable and added flavor to food. It was also a beneficial antiseptic.3

• Women fought in the revolution disguised as men. Deborah Sampson, who fought under the alias Robert Shurtliff, was discovered after being injured. She received a pension for her service.4

• Lots of famous quotes come from the American Revolution, including Patrick Henry’s “Give me liberty or give me death,” and Benjamin Franklin’s “There never was a good war, or a bad peace.”5

Many Americans aren’t any happier about paying taxes today than they were back then. Give us a call if you would like to discuss tax-advantaged investing or tax minimization.

1 https://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/u-s-declares-independence
2 https://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/the-food-that-fueled-the-american-revolution-25701053/
3 https://books.google.com/books?id=E-2zPuTfsjkC&q=rations#v=snippet&q=rations&f=false (Page 240) (or go to https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/peakcontent/Peak+Documents/HG-4th_of_July_2018_Book-The_American_Revolution_100_Pg_240-Footnote_3.pdf)
4 https://www.battlefields.org/learn/articles/women-american-revolution
5 https://dc.lib.unc.edu/cgi-bin/showfile.exe?CISOROOT=/minipage&CISOPTR=11979&CISOMODE=print
This material was prepared by Carson Group Coaching. Carson Group Coaching is not affiliated with the named broker/dealer.

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