The American Revolution

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Patriots were people who wanted the American colonies to gain their independence from Britain. The people felt like they were being treated unjustly by the British and wanted liberty. A commonly known patriot, Thomas Jefferson, wrote the Declaration of Independence.

Fun Fact! Other names for patriots would include Sons of Liberty, Rebels, Whigs, and Colonials.


There were many people who wanted to stay part of Britain and remain British citizens. These people were called loyalists. Many people felt that their lives would be better off if the colonies remained under British rule. Some of these people were simply afraid to go up against the might of the British army. A few famous loyalists would be Joseph Galloway, John Butler, and David Matthews.

Fun Fact! Other names for loyalists included Tories, Royalists, and the King's Friends.

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Red coats (British army)

Effects of the Revolution

A few of the effects of the American revolution would be:
  • Declaration of Independence
  • Treaty of Paris
  • Bill of rights
Did you know that both Thomas Jefferson and John Adams died on July Fourth, 1826, 50 years after the vote.
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Boston Tea Party

During the Boston Tea Party, a rebellious act against the British taxation, a tea "partier" seemed to have rose from the dead. After being knocked unconscious by a falling tea crate in the hold of a ship, John Crane was reportedly thought to be dead and hidden by his compatriots under a pile of wood shavings in a nearby carpenter’s shop. He awoke hours later, however, and was the only man harmed in the Boston Tea Party.
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Since there was no established Continental Army at the beginning of the war, there were no uniforms for the Americans to wear, so many of them just wore civilian clothing or hunting garb.

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