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Leading right up to the War for Independence, many wealthy Americans considered London their capital; the place to bring their children to be educated in the finest schools and to teach them how to be well mannered and cosmopolitan. American products were also found all over London as well as American trees and plants which were all the rage. Benjamin Franklin loved London and initially wanted to maintain close ties with Britain despite the first skirmishes of the revolution. Tonight on Inquiry we speak with JULIE FLAVELL, writer, historian and Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, about her surprising new book WHEN LONDON WAS THE CAPITAL OF AMERICA. Tune in and learn about what Londoners thought about their colonists from across the sea and the fate of the black slaves they often brought with them.