Gains from Independence: Were the 13 Colonies Better off Under British Rule?

he American Revolution holds a prominent place in the American psyche and consequently has been a subject of debate and inquiry.However, like any other revolution, American Revolution was not a sudden spark, but more so the cumulative result of a vast complex of socio-economic and political forces, lying dormant and accumulating behind the scenes. This paper argues that the combination of direct and indirect costs incurred in order to gain independence were overshadowed the gains from independence, making the colonists better off being a part of the British Empire in the short run.