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A view from Dave Trott: Give me liberty, or give me cash

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One of the most famous of America’s Founding Fathers was John Hancock.

His signature is very large on the Declaration of Independence, so much so it’s become a cliché: “Just put your John Hancock right there.”

The Founding Fathers are the original signatories of the declaration.

One of their famous cries was: “Give me liberty, or give me death.”

So willing were they apparently to die for freedom that it’s passed into legend.

They started the American War of Independence with the Boston Tea Party.

The colonists were outraged by the way the British taxed them without letting them have a vote – their cry was: “No taxation without representation.”

So they took action, dressed as Mohawks and boarded a British ship, then dumped the entire cargo of tea into Boston harbour.

This signalled that the colonists weren’t going to be ruled by oppressive masters overseas.

It was the beginning of the........

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