THE KING AND US
George III addressed Parliament in 1775 with a confidence that the rebellion in North America would meet a “speedy end”. Instead, he became the “King who lost the colonies” – and when defeat finally came in 1783, he went so far as to draft a notice of abdication.
The Americans branded George a tyrant, which somewhat ignores the parts played by his government and ministers, and the Declaration of Independence included a long list of damning accusations against him. It began: “The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States.”
Royal portraits were reversed or destroyed, his name was stricken from documents, and mock trials, executions and funerals were held. One statue in New York was melted down into thousands of musket balls for the army.
George III was a ravager of coasts and burner of villages, according to the Declaration of Independence