The American colonists that made significant contributions to the development of our country during the early part of our history, we call those individuals the Founding Fathers.
One of the most famous founding father is Benjamin Franklin. Benjamin Franklin was one of the Founding Fathers of the United States of America.
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Now, Benjamin Franklin was a real special founding father, and the reason he was real special is because he was advocating and talking about American independence, and the colonies being an independent nation even before the American Revolution and the Declaration of Independence.
Franklin was in favor of colonial unity, and he also thought that the colonies one day should be an independent nation. So, Franklin was in favor of colonial unity, the 13 colonies, and thought that the colonies should band together to create an independent nation. Here’s another special thing about Benjamin Franklin. He was a world-renowned scientist. He was known throughout Europe for his scientific research and scientific discoveries. So, it was very easy that once the United States was involved in American Revolution against Britain, it was very simple for Benjamin Franklin to serve as a diplomat in Europe.
During the American Revolution, he was a diplomat who went through Europe to secure France’s support for the colonists seeking independence from Britain. Now, this was very important because Britain was a major European continental power. It had a large army and a large navy. And the colonists, in order for them to be successful and victorious in a decisive way, they needed to bring in another European continental power to balance or counterbalance against the British. So, without the support of France, the colonists would not have successfully gained independence.
Benjamin Franklin by far was an instrumental figure during the American founding era. So, Franklin was instrumental in the development of the United States of America. Now, as I’ve stated before, Franklin did go to France, to the European continent, to get support for the American colonists in their struggle against Great Britain for independence. Only a month after his return from France, Benjamin Franklin helped draft the American Declaration of Independence. There’s no doubt that Benjamin Franklin played a significant role in the founding era, or the early period of our nation’s history. And this earns him the place in our history as one of the most significant founding fathers.