This is a real question to ask. Have you ever watched movies about parallel worlds and histories? For what would the world be today if the revolutionary war of independence in the US did not take place? How would geopolitics have panned out over the last 250 years? Where would we be today and would it be a multi-polar power world?
It is always written by the victors, with the point of view expressed by them. Such is life. The Chinese have a saying : 勝者為王敗者為寇 describing the parties in epic political struggle to establish dynastic control of China. Loosely translated it simply means the winner is declared the hero while the loser is the villain. Historiographers of those times run a risk of deviating from it (as they do now). That’s why you always read histories with a pinch of salt and seek out the context under which it was written.
Just like any form of reporting.
And when you are in Boston, the founding fathers of the US are not just revered as heroes. They were visionaries well ahead of their time, and they were fighting to free themselves and the people from tyranny. But that’s the view from the winning end. How does the opposing side of that time view the sequence of events? Do you wonder about that too? And did you think the majority supported the movement for independence initially? It might surprise you…
Should you not ponder over these as you follow us on our walk along the freedom trail here while we explored Boston? Have you walked it too?