So it seems that America received a higher-than-normal percentage of the criminal gene pool in its early years.
And what say those criminal genes? They say - "We don't die, we multiply!"
To be honest, I don't have much history on this.. so appreciate if anyone more familiar can contribute some of the history..
I was walking down my block and saw this flag -
The Gadsden flag
Seeing it before, but never really understanding it's meaning, I looked it up.
It turns out.. "The flag is named after American general and statesman Christopher Gadsden (1724–1805), who designed it in 1775 during the American
Revolution. It was also used by the Continental Marines as an early motto flag, along with the Moultrie Flag. In modern times, the Gadsden flag is
sometimes associated with the Tea Party movement." - The Gadsden Flag
The symbolism of the snake originated from Benjamin Franklin. "In 1751, he made the first reference to the rattlesnake in a satirical commentary
published in his Pennsylvania Gazette. It had been the policy of Britain to send convicted criminals to America, so Franklin suggested that they
thank the British by sending rattlesnakes to England.
"In 1754, during the French and Indian War, Franklin published his famous woodcut of a snake cut into eight sections. It represented the colonies,
with New England joined together as the head and South Carolina as the tail, following their order along the coast. Under the snake was the message
"Join, or Die". This was the first political cartoon published in an American newspaper."
"As the American colonies came to identify more with their own communities and the concept of liberty, rather than as vassals of the British empire,
icons that were unique to the Americas became increasingly popular. The rattlesnake, like the bald eagle and American Indian, came to symbolize
American ideals and society."
Anyway, that is enough about the flag..
So there you go - Early America was a dumping ground for Britain's convicted criminals.
Wonder if this had any effect on American business and culture?