Tara O'Donnell 4th period
The Road Revolution
The Americans had had enough, they wanted free from England. The Revolutionary War began when Paul Revere rode through Concord yelling "The British are coming, the British are coming". With this news The Rebels waited at Lexington for the Red Coats. The Battle of Lexington and Concord will forever be remembered as the battle that started the war. After, Thomas Pain wrote Common Sense, a pamphlet that stated that the citizens should be in charge of their laws. Following soon was the Declaration of Independence, this document pronounced the reasons why the colonists didn't want to be under British power. This was sent to the King, who didn't even fully read it.
The next major battle was the Battle of Saratoga, where the Continental Army defeated the largest British army, led by General John Burgoyne. Winter rolled around, where Washington and his troops took the hardest test of the lifes. This tough winter was known as the Winter at Valley Forge. The war that was considered the last major battle of the the Revolution was the Battle of Yorktown. Where the Continental Army cornered General Cornwallis and his army, they ended up surrendering. The Americans had won, they have freedom and the Treaty of Paris confirmed it.
Lexington & Concord, 1775
1. Made up of two battles
2. Paul Revere warned the Rebels about this by riding through Concord shouting "The British are coming, the British are coming"
3.Began on April 18, 1775
4.Nobody knows who fired the first shot
5.It marked the beginning of the revolutionary war
Common Sense, 1776
1. Published anonymously.
2.Nobody new but, Thomas Paine was the author.
3. Contained 47 pages
4. Was distributed throughout Pennsylvanian in January of 1776
5. The pamphlet spread quickly, selling about 500,000
Declaration of Independence
1. Was sent to King George lll
2. Signed on July 4, 1776
3. All representatives from the 13 colonies signed this declaration
4. This day became a national holiday, celebrating American liberty
5. The Declaration of Independece was publibly read on July 8, 1776 in Philadelphia
The Battle of Saratoga, 1777
1. The British Army was led by General John Burgoyne
2. The American army was led by General Horatio Gates
3. The Continental Army won
4. General Burgoyne was surprised because, like the other British generals, he thought of the Americans as ignorant farmers
5. With this win Ben Franklin was able to persuade the French to send supplies
The Winter at Valley Forge, 1777-1778
1. 12,000 troops
2. In the harsh cold winter many were suffering from disease and pneumonia
3. Two men Baron Von Steuben and Marquis de Lafayette came from France to help in the training
4. Lafayette was order by the king not to go, but he purchased a boat, got together some volunteers and sailed across the Atlantic
5. His volunteer service was considered a major triumph in the American cause
The Battle of Yorktown, 1781
1. Washington and his troops cornered and British General Charles Cornwallis, in the end they had to surrender
2. Cornwallis had about 8,000 troops
3.Cornwallis stayed in his tent during the surrender ceremony, he said he was sick. When in reality he could bare to surrender to the Continental Army.
4.This was the last major battle of the Revolutionary War
5. It was said that after this battle the British gave up the fight
The Treaty of Paris, 1773
1. One thing it stated was that the British will recognize the colonies freedom
2. It stated the British will take all of their troops out of the colonies
3. It said that the new colonizing boundary is the Mississippi river
4.The treaty involved a lot of negotiating
5. The Treaty of Paris was signed in Hotel d'York