What Was The Short Term Effect of The Kings Rejection of The Olive Branch Petition?
The Olive Branch Petition was the very last attempt from the 13 colonies’ side to avoid the probable revolutionary war with the mother country, Great Britain.
In this Petition, Colonists’ leaders (or delegates) send some requests to the British King George III, whom the king of Britain if accepts, then the war would not take place.
The Second Continental Congress adopted the petition on July 5th, the year 1775 and delegates signed it on 8th July.
But, when it reached the English King George III, he refused to read and accept it.
Contrary he already declared them traitors.
Rejection from the king’s side immediately started affecting the colonies.
It polarized those colonists’ mindset, who still confused and wanted to do some negotiation with Great Britain.
Those now understood very well that the king and the Empire had no sympathy for the colonists.
They just see the colonies as a source of goods and a big market, not as British citizens.
King’s refusal opened a big opportunity to the patriot leaders like John Adams to push America one step more towards independence.
I hope you have got the answer on what was the short term or core effect of the British king’s rejection of the Olive Branch Petition.
An Amazing Fact About Olive Branch Petition
It was a little bit strange of Congress sending the Petition to the British King.
Because, the Second Continental Congress had already authorized ‘Invasion of Canada’ a week earlier, before they adopt it on 5th July, 1775.
So, from this particular point of view, this initiative looks like a show off, which was taken for assuaging leaders, who still wanted reconcile.
Especially, leaders who still wanted to negotiate with the mother country were John Dickinson, John Jay, Benjamin Franklin, etc.
However, after king’s rejection to the Petition, their minds completely changed.
Leaders like John Adams, already knew that the war was inevitable and king would refuse their proposal.
Thats why they already started preparing their militias for the war.