akio replied to your post: there’s some twisted irony in American statehood…
Really? I thought it was based on mapping frontiers (native occupied land) westward, projecting ownership, and sending in young George Washington to survey, then fight with French and etc, then independence from UK became the hot topic.
notice I said “sentiments”
what I meant is that they rejected the British empire’s imperial domination of their colony (which was actually super minimal from how I understand it) and then turned around and, yeah, the rest is history
Hmm. But ‘impulse’ for ‘making it big with easy/simple/one scheme’ was there though. How to rake in big wad of cash. Funny thing is those rich people’s kids came to have extremely well-read and creative and passionate person like Jefferson.
Japan suffered from ‘estate/land speculation’ - twice, in 60s and then 80/90s. Basically destroyed whole national wealth and morale.
And then I witnessed America’s this estate bubble craze - so while I read early American history, I tend to notice how ‘Grab those large lands and then we can sell it later for new arrivals (farmers)’ - how rich Americans were into those ‘scheme’ -
and actually, Washington etc became relatively large land owners and his descendants still own and live in those lands George owned.
I wonder American public might not be well-informed about that.
Or I’m just so traumatized by this ‘estate speculation’ hooks people and then how ruinous the result - people’s morale towards work/economy, and how all governing and business institutions also become addicted to how easily giant amount of money can be made from estate sector.