To most Americans, King George III was a tyrant.
In reality, he was a relatively kind and generous leader who was not responsible for the laws that drove the colonists to revolt. Parliament was.
George even offered the Americans full autonomy under the British crown.
Only after the colonists rejected that offer and declared war on England did George act harshly. Indignant over the Americans’ challenge, George cracked down.
In defeat, George showed considerable grace toward the United States, seeing to it that the new nation remained a major trading partner as he continued to rule England for another 30 years.
The lesson: Don’t obsess over what you perceive as a slap in the face. It will take your attention away from more important things.—Adapted from George III: America's Last King, Jeremy Black, Yale University Press
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