Join or Die is a political cartoon that was created by Benjamin Franklin and published in his newspaper, The Pennsylvania Gazette, in 1754. The cartoon depicts a snake that has been cut into segments, each representing a colony in the American colonies. This became our inspiration for creating the Join Or Die Patriotic Survival Business Card.
The message of the cartoon is that the colonies must join together and work as one in order to survive, as a snake that is divided cannot survive. The cartoon is considered to be one of the first political cartoons in American history and is still used today as a symbol of unity and cooperation.
The image and the phrase Join Or Die were widely circulated during the American Revolutionary War, and it became a symbol of the colonial unity and resistance against British rule.
American Revolutionary War
The American Revolutionary War, also known as the U.S. War of Independence, was the insurrection fought between 1765 and 1783 through which thirteen of Great Britain’s North American colonies threw off British rule to establish the sovereign United States, founded with the Declaration of Independence in 1776, and ending in a global war between several European great powers, with events in many other theaters.
The war had a profound impact on the development of the United States, and it is often referred to as the birth of the nation. The conflict began as a colonial struggle for independence but eventually drew in other European powers, ultimately leading to a global war. The war ended in 1783 with the Treaty of Paris, in which Great Britain recognized the independence of the United States.