The American Economy Of 1776 : Planet Money A look at the assets and liabilities of the American colonies on the eve of revolution.
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The American Economy Of 1776

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Architect of the Capitol
Thomas Jefferson, the principal author of the Declaration of Independence, is shown placing the document before John Hancock, president of the Congress, in this painting by John Trumbull.
Architect of the Capitol

It takes a lot of guts for a colony to declare independence from a ruling power. It takes a lot of preparation, too. So how well prepared were the American colonies to cut ties with Britain and go it alone? Today on The Indicator, we take stock of the economy of colonial America as it was in 1776, to see where it was weak and where it was strong.

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