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For colonists in 1776 what were the cost and benefits of deciding to surpport the patriots fight for independence?

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Why should the colonists fight for their independence?

Three reasons: 1. The tax on tea by the British was the most infamous. 2. The Townsend Acts are akin to today's Patriot Act and present laws that allow warrantless searches:

What delegate from Virginia encouraged colonists to fight for independence from Britain in support of the Patriot cause?

Patrick Henry was a big speaker for independence in Virginia  in the 1770's. His best remembered speech was the "Give me liberty  or give me death" speech. After the revolut