Posted by Caroline on August 04, 1997 at 14:45:22:
In reply to Re: Attitude toward Americans? posted by Lynne on August 04, 1997 at 13:58:36
Although I would put money on the supposition that the English Aristocracy felt rather hostile towards anything that impinged on their (god-given) freedom to do largely what they wanted, when they wanted , and how they wanted it, and therefore not being terribly tolerant of America in general, I don't think that any of them that had the faintest idea of the real world would have seen indiviual Americans as anything more than interesting,slightly eccentric visitors to England.The two countries sent each other ambassadors, Americans visited England, English visited America."Letters home" from both don't seem to mention any real hostility on either side, as far as I remember( Finding refernces for this would take me ages, I'm afraid)
One of the results of the Revolutionary War was an increase in the population of Canada by Loyalists evicted from their homes in America,which caused a few administrative problems that didn't last long. The war of 1812, although important at the time, was really overshadowed in British minds by what was going on on the Continent.(Well, would you worry about Mr Madison when Bonaparte was less than 500 miles from your home?)
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