The Declaration of Independence

The War Begins; The Siege of Boston; Independence

Common Sense

Thomas Paine the writer of Common Sense, did not believe the colonists owed any loyally to King George of England. Rather, he felt that common sense indicated that the colonies ought to be free and independent of England's control.


George Washington is chosen as commander in chief of the Continental army.

About Washington

"...a gentleman whose skill as an officer, whose...great talents and universal character would...unite...the colonies better than any other person alive." - John Adams