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Mad King George III Died

By January 29, 2008

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King George III, the leader of Great Britain during the American Revolution, died on January 29, 1820. He had bouts of mental illness along with physical symptoms because of a hereditary disease called porphyria. By 1810, he was showing greater signs of insanity. He was often kept in straight jackets near the end. King George III was 82 at his time of his death.


February 8, 2007 at 12:49 pm
(1) Kirkby Stephen says:

George III was not “The Leader of Great Britain”.
Britain is and was then a constitutional monarchy with a democratic parliamentary system and freely-elected government. The leader of Great Britain at any one time is (and was then) the leader of the majority group or party in Parliament. The British colonists in the American continent at that time were British citizens protected and ruled from and by the Parliament in London.
That was changed by a wave of totally undemocratic violent acts of terrorism instigated by a handful of rich merchants and their cronies who objected to paying taxes. They torched the homes and farms of their opponents and used firearms to dominate settlers many of whom were there only because they had forsworn the use of arms and were starting a fresh life observing peaceful ways. It was a treacherous and undemocratic revolution of lawless British terrorists against peaceful and law-abiding British settlers and their democratic law-abiding homeland. The British terrorists won and the others had to make the best of it or flee to Canada or Britain.
Find out what happened to the settlers who OPPOSED and then LOST that revolution.
King George III had no more to do with the government of the American Colonies than the capacity of a friendly onlooker.
There is nothing for those terrorists to be proud of in the way their mob rule south of Latitude 49 N forced secession
from their homeland and departure from the Commonwealth.
Read “The Catcher in the Rye”.
Then read academic and truthful histories of the founding and failures of the lonely USA.

January 29, 2008 at 7:58 am
(2) Mark Large says:

Kirby has an interesting view. The American Revolution was not a terrorist act! Men in a position of authority had legitimate grievances with the government and when these grievances were not addressed, sought remedy in secesion. Had they lost, they would have been hanged as traitors, but they succeeded and are revered as heroes. Use of unconventional military tactics is rarely considered terrorism by history. Stop being a sore loser.

January 29, 2008 at 9:00 am
(3) Jon Van Houten says:

I’m not a history buff, but what happened is what happened. The U.S.A isn’t perfect but we’re trying to get better. You think you could drop a grievance over something that happened over 200 years ago? Wow, talk about holding a grudge.

January 29, 2008 at 7:08 pm
(4) hcorby says:

ya and england didnt terrorize the world and try to claim everything and everyone for the king of england way before we came here

February 8, 2008 at 12:24 am
(5) Eric says:

So “The Catcher in the Rye” is being used to discuss American history. That’s your only reference? Perhaps I can discuss this with Tweetie Bird and Sylvester.

Perhaps we can discuss the kindliness of the English with natives of their former colonies. An Indian saying – “After you shake hands with an Englishman, count your fingers” – comes to mind. Argentineans (no, not a former colony – a combatant for the Malvinas Islands, absurdly named the Falkland Islands) refer to them as “Los Piratos”.

By the way – there is no such thing as a “democratic revolution”.

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