I've been to a bunch of historical sites and quite a few reference American Independence (I've been to Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell, Mount Vernon and Montecello for example). These sites impress me, but some of the language used in them infuriate me.
They all made reference to English tyranny. This is a novel idea to me (I'm English in case you don't know). To the English, we saved your butts in the 7-Years War and all we wanted you to was just pay your share of the costs (and the landed gentry in America didn't like this).
Could the English have recouped the costs you incurred more effectively? Yes, but were we tyrannical because we wanted Americans to recognize (and pay for) our help? Hell no.