Road To Revolution
By: Ashley Treulieb, 7th Period
The American Revolution was a significant moment in history. But you may be wondering... "What caused the American Revolution?" Well there was a bunch of causes, so let's start with the main ones. Having to pay high duties on foreign sugar and molasses was a mercantilist practice that angered American colonists. Also the proclamation line of 1763 led to disagreement between the colonists and British government because it prohibited the colonists from settling west of the appalachian mountains. Historians generally viewed the mercantilist system as one of the causes of the American Revolution because it demonstrated that the mother country and the colonists had different views of colonial trade. Did you know that the outcome of the French and Indian war led to the American Revolution too? The British government required American colonists to pay a portion of the debt from the war.
Lexington & Concord, 1775
April 19th, 1775, the British troops arrived at Lexington, near concord, where 17 armed minutemen waited. Patriot captain John Parker yelled to his troops, "don't fire unless fired upon." suddenly a shot was heard and until this day, no one knows who fired the first shot. The battle ended within a few minutes with only few volleys fired. 8 minutemen lay dead 10 wounded. And the British with only one soldier wounded. This battle was also the first engagements of the American Revolution.
Common Sense, 1776
Common Sense is an essay written by Thomas Paine in 1775. Advocating independence from great Britain to people in the 13 colonies. This essay was originally publishes anonymously. It is considered one of the most influential essays of the American Revolution. At the time pamphlets where the best way to spread ideas.
Declaration of independence, 1776
The remaining 54 delegates did not sign the declaration until august 2, 1776. The second continental congress formed a committee knows as the "committee of 5". Which consisted of John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, Robert R. Livingston, and Roger Sherman. The declaration of independence is the second continental congress. It was adopted on July 4th, 1776. Its also considered to be the founding document of the united states.
Battle of Saratoga, 1777
The Battle Of Saratoga was the turning point of the Revolutionary War. This war was fought on October 17, 1777. On that day 5895 British and hessian troops surrendered their arms. The first 2 small battles the British won. The Americans ended up winning the overall battle.
Winter at Valley Forge, 1777
Valley Forge was a military camp, 18 miles northwest of Philadelphia. It started in Winter of 1777 to 1778. Marquis de Lafayette joined the continental army when he was 19, in the summer of 1777 as a volunteer major general. He spent most of his time with George Washington and his continental army troops at their Winter quarters at Valley Forge. The Americans there did not have much, many were ill and didn't have shoes, and blankets and sometimes food was scarce.
Battle of Yorktown, 1781
This battle is also known as the siege of Yorktown, the surrender at Yorktown, and the German Battle. This war started in 1781 and ended in Virginia on october, 1781. This battle was the last important battle of the American Revolution. And Americans also won this battle. It was led by Marquis le Lafayette, and George Washington.
Treaty Of Paris, 1783
This treaty negotiated between the United States and Great Britain. It ended the revolutionary war. And Recognized American independence. The continental congress named a five member commission to negotiate a treaty. This commission consisted of John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, John Jay, Thomas Jefferson, and Henry Lauren.