10. Without the Continental Congress, John Hancock wouldn't have a reason to write his signature so
large. No self-respecting superhero shies away from using their powers.
9. The Stamp Act was not good for business, and John was always concerned with the well-being of his
8. Hancock always wanted to be popular, and people loyal to the British weren't considered popular
in Boston ( see Thomas Hutchinson and Tarr and feather incidents of the 1700's).
7. All the taxes imposed by the British took money out of his pocket.
6. The British made it illegal to smuggle in non-British goods, something that Hancock loved to do.
5. British General Thomas Gage offered all rebels pardons except Hancock and John Adams.
Hancock felt left out.
4. The British seized his ship, The Liberty, because he had his crew lock up a British tax
inspector in his cabin.
3. To the shock of many, the Brits weren't happy with his treatment of their tax inspector.
The British court filed charges against him.
2. John Hancock was influenced by such Patriots as Sam Adams, John Adams, James Otis, and Thomas Cushing.
1. Who really wants to be a rebel without a cause?
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