On November 30, 1774, the ship London Packet arrived in the port of Philadelphia. On board was a 37-year-old Englishman named Thomas Paine.
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At first, Paine wrote articles mainly about cultural and scientific subjects. But he soon moved on to political topics.
\n December, Paine had finished his essay. But he had trouble getting it published. The subject of independence was just too hot for many publishers to handle. As Paine noted at the time, colonists were so attached to Great Britain that it was “a kind of treason to speak against it.” Eventually, however, Paine found a publisher who agreed to print a thousand copies as a pamphlet. It was 46 pages long.
Eventually, however, Paine found a publisher who agreed to print a thousand copies as a pamphlet. It was 46 pages long.
Paine later moved to France to play a role in the French Revolution.
Another six months would pass before the Declaration of Independence was issued. But Paine's work opened up the debate on separation from Great Britain. It helped many colonists see independence as a real possibility.