Sunday, July 1, 2012

A Little Known Passage of the American Revolution

The British troops had a plan in April 18, 1775: Destroy the weapons and provisions of the rebels in Lexington and Concord.

The American Revolution was in progress. In May, the Second Continental Congress in Philadelphia declared war on England. Colonel George Washington was named General in Chief of the Armed Forces.

The document was written and presented to the Congress by Thomas Jefferson, although some editing was done by John Adams and Benjamin Franklin. It was July 4, 1776. The Thirteen Colonies signed the "Act of Independence," integrated by "The Sons of Liberty."


In the winter of 1780, General Washington was facing a real challenge. He had no money to pay the troops, which were lacking food and clothing. Many of them deserted. Others perished by the great fall of snow over Schykill.

Washington wrote to Robert Morris, Secretary of the Philadelphia Congress, "If possible, I beg you to make possible to pay the troops at least a month. The situation is desperate." The answer was negative.

Cuba was the only hope for Washington to urgently get the money to pay his troops. From Haiti, French Admiral Francois Joseph De-Grasse sailed to the north side of the Island and sent a message to Governor Don Juan Manuel Cajigal y Monserrat, asking for 1,200,000 pounds. The Governor had not such sum of money, but suggested the intervention of Don Francisco de Miranda in order to organize a collection among the Cuban patriots. It was a success.

American troops attacking in Yorktown.

The Ladies of Havana mobilized, sold their jewelry and collect lots of money, more than one million of ducats. Each ducat had the value of $25.00. So, about $25 million dollars were sent to General Washington. The troops were paid. De-Grasse reinforced the patriots with 4,000 men, provisions and armaments. Lord Cornwallis troops were blocked and unable to reach the battle of Yorktown. The American cause for independence was sealed defeating Cornwallis, who surrender on October 31, 1781.

Great Britain recognized the independence of EE.UU in September, 1783. Stephen Bonsal, the US Ambassador to Cuba, wrote, “The contribution of Cuban women by way of their jewelry, could very well be the foundation on which is founded the freedom of the United States”.

The Ladies of Havana declared, "We did it for the sons of the American mothers, so they won't be born slaves."

(Reference: When the French Were Here, by Stephen Bonsal.)

Tense conflict US- Iran. American war ships increasing its numbers near the menacing government. There is a very taut situation in that area. 

If Nancy Hart doesn't change her mind later on, she is retiring and won't run again in 2013. Three are three would-be candidates in the supper.

A man by name Chuck Connor is thinking to challenge Councilman Paul Davis in 2013.

There are good people living in San Bernardino, but it is a horrible town with bad government and police department and many gang members, not excluding organized drug trade and prostitution and lots of poverty. It is like a sub-culture town. Now in bankruptcy, the state and federal governments should get dip into their investigations about a city that is not saint as its name.

Riverside City Council should limit the times a single speaker uses the podium. Some of them use it several times, abusing the system. It is negative for everybody. At the long meeting of July 10, a man not only went over the 3-minute limit speech, the police escorted him out of the podium and he kept reading his speech from a chair. No respect at all for the rules. Enough is enough.


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