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

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