In Common Sense, how does Thomas Paine say America will continue to thrive without support from Britain?

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There are at least two important reasons why this will be the case.

First, America is a country that is well-placed for trade.  Becoming independent will only help this.  As a colony, America cannot trade with other countries openly, just with Britain.  Once it is independent, it will be able to trade with anyone, even with countries that are openly hostile to Britain.

Second, America is a place with great resources of its own.  They do not need to import raw materials from any other country in order to be able to make things.

These two advantages mean that the American colonies are, in Paine's view, likely to thrive if they separate from Britain.


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