The 1% people that started the revolution were among the wealthiest people in the colonies ...
Something that is often conveniently overlooked ...
We need wealthy patriots to rally around ...
Silly revolutionary war history:
1761 - When “the intercolonial 'trust' or combine formed in 1761,” it was “composed largely of American Jewish Merchants - Newport Jews held residences in other places like Portugal, the West Indies, Boston, Leicester (Mass.), Providence, Richmond, Wilmington, Savannah, Charleston, North Carolina and New Orleans.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Capture_of_Sint_EustatiusThe Capture of Saint Eustatius took place in February 1781
during the American War of Independence when British army and naval forces under General John Vaughan and Admiral George Rodney seized the Dutch-owned Caribbean island of Sint Eustatius.
St. Eustatius, a Dutch-controlled island in the West Indies, was an entrepot that operated as a major trading centre despite its relatively small size. During the American War of Independence it assumed increased importance, because a British blockade made it difficult to transport supplies directly across the Atlantic Ocean to US ports. St. Eustatius became a crucial source of supplies, and its harbour was filled with American trading ships
...The Andrew Doria arrived to purchase military supplies on St. Eustatius and to present to the Dutch governor a copy of the US Declaration of Independence
. An earlier copy of the Declaration had been captured by a British naval ship
. The British were confused by the papers wrapped around the declaration, which they thought were a secret cypher. The papers were written in Yiddish
for a merchant in Holland.
St. Eustatius's role in supplying Britain's enemies provoked anger amongst British leaders. Rodney alleged that goods brought out on British convoys had then been sold, through St. Eustatius, to the rebels. Following the outbreak of war between the Dutch Republic and Britain in December 1780, orders were sent from London to seize the island. The British were assisted by the fact that the news of the war's outbreak had not yet reached St. Eustatius
...At the time, St. Eustatius was home to a significant Jewish community, mainly merchants and a few plantation owners with strong connections to Holland.
Within two days of the island being surrendered to the British, part of the Jewish community – together with Governor de Graaff, were forcibly deported, being given only 24 hours notice. Rodney was particularly hard on the Jews. The harshness was reserved for the Jews alone as he did not do the same to French, Dutch, Spanish or American merchants on the island
. He even permitted the French to leave with all their possessions. Rodney was concerned that his unprecedented behavior would be repeated upon British islands by French forces when events were different. Rodney imprisoned all the adult Jewish males (101) in warehouses for days. He summarily deported all the heads of the Jewish families
(31). He looted Jewish personal possessions, even stripping them to find money hidden in their clothing. When Rodney realized that the Jews might be hiding additional treasure, he dug up the Jewish cemetery
. Later, Edmund Burke, upon learning of Rodney's actions, rose to condemn Rodney's anti-Semitic, avaricious vindictiveness in parliament. Rodney said, after he first encountered the Jews in February, 1781, "they (the Jews of St. Eustatius,) cannot too soon be taken care of - they are notorious in the cause of America and France
British control of St. Eustatius only lasted ten months, and Rodney's work to manage the prizes was in vain. Many of the goods he seized were captured on their way to Britain by a French squadron under Toussaint-Guillaume Picquet de la Motte. The island was captured by French forces in November 1781, who returned it to the Dutch in 1784. The Jews and other expelled merchants returned, commerce and trade resumed and the island's population reached its all-time high in 1790