The American Revolution

Devon De La Serre Elliott

The Boston Tea Party

The Boston Tea Party took place in Boston Massachusetts. It was a protest against taxes ("No taxes without representation"). They attempted to throw the British tea into the Boston Harbor in 1773. The first congress was called to which all of the colonies except Georgia sent representatives to act together. The people who attended this act, they dressed as Indians.

Boston Massacre

The Boston was a massacre that occurred on the evening of March 5, 1770. Five civilians died in this incident. 3 died at scene and 2 died later. All victims of this massacre were buried at Granary Burying Ground in Boston. 9 British troops were charged from this incident. Six men were acquitted and 2 others found guilty of manslaughter.

The Battle of Yorktown

The Battle of Yorktown took place in Yorktown, Virginia starting September 28th, 1781 through October 19th, 1781. The Americans had a fighting force of of approx. 8,000 troops and also being aided by the French with 7,800 troops. The battled pitted General George Washington against British General Lord Cornwallis. At the end of the day, the British surrendered to the Americans.

Lexington and Concord

The battles of Lexington and Concord were the first in the Revolutionary War. The battles sparked a long war between the British and the colonists. The British began firing after hearing a first shot coming from an unknown side. The colonists were the first to flee but in order to plan an ambush attack on the British. Colonists won these battles by using hand-to-hand combat.

The Intolerable Acts

The Intolerable Acts were punitive laws passed in the 1774 to punish the colonists for their Boston Tea Party acts. The passing of these acts sparked rebellion against the British. Tensions had been high already in Boston from the Boston Tea Party and Boston Massacre.

British wanted these laws to make an example out of Boston but that backfired.

Thomas Jefferson

Other than help writing the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson really liked books. Help also helped design the rotunda for the University of Virginia. He died on the 50th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence. He also served 2 terms as president. The Thomas Jefferson Papers of Liberty contain up to 20,000 plus documents.

George Washington

George Washington was the first President of the United States. He was born February 22 , 1732 and died in December 14, 1799 . He was elected into the Virginia House of Burgesses, and in 1774, he was one of Virginia’s representatives in the Continental Congress. When the Revolutionary War began, Washington became the Continental army’s commander in chief. He was elected as the first president of the United States in 1789.