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America's History in the Making

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The Destruction of a Royal Statue in New York

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Chez Basset, LE DESTRUCTION DE LAS STATUE ROYALE A NOUVELLE YORCK/DIE ZERSTORUNG DER KONIGLICHEN BILD SAULE ZU NEU YORCK (ca. late-1770s). Courtesy of the Library of Congress.

Creator French artist Chez Basset
Context The American Revolution interested many Europeans, in part because it might affect the balance of power in Europe.
Audience French readers
Purpose To show colonial unrest toward Great Britain

Historical Significance

The outbreak of the American Revolution was accompanied by the destruction of British symbols of authority. This French print depicts patriots pulling down a statue of King George the III in New York City in 1776. Because the British had just defeated the French in a bitter war (fought in Europe and North America), Great Britain's troubles with its colonies cheered France, which decided to aid the young United States.

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