drafted by Benjamin Franklin
and Thomas Hutchinson
at the (ad hoc
) Albany Congress
in June of 1754.
The plan would have created a council
selected by colonial governments and president general
selected by the king who would have power only in
the areas of Indian Affairs
. This was attempted in preparation for the Great War for Empire
(a/k/a French and Indian War
it stood, requesting soldiers and supplies from each individual colony was rather troublesome.
However not a single colonial
government nor the government of Great Britain
approved the plan. Colonial governments thought it was an attempt
to take power away from them and slowly erode their powers, whereas Britain did not feel the need for such a degree of control over the colonies
nor the time it would take if more administration was added to them.
An intresting point in history, expressing the individual nature of the colonies. Someone from Georgia was an American, but a Georgian first, in
much the way a Briton was a european, but a Briton first. The nature of colonial cooperation and Salutary Neglect
expressed here would not last
long past the Great War for Empire