The Olive Branch Petition Analysis

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The Olive Branch Petition was an attempt at preventing a full on war between Britain and the Colonies. It was originally written by Thomas Jefferson but was deemed to be far too offensive and was then taken on by John Dickinson. The document told the King, George III, that his soldiers were threatening to the Colonists and they were simply acting in self defense if they ever attacked his men. Dickinson claimed that the Colonists had no desire to be its own country but rather wanted to improve the trade and tax regulations between them and England. By saying this, the Colonists were hoping to make it clear that they were upset with American policies and not the King's, but it wasn't enough to convince him. George III refused to even look at

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