Revolutionary War

Main events that happened during the revolutionary era

Summary

the proclamation of 1763 banned colonists from settling beyond the Appalachians. The colonists were furious. that's when the colonists started to question British policies. Next came the sugar act which put taxes on shipping sugar and molasses. The sugar act produced the slogan, "No taxation without representation." Then came the quartering act, this act required the colonists to house and take care of armed British soldiers. Then came The Stamp act put an official stamp on all paper goods. the male colonists then started to protest as a group and called themselves the sons of liberty. Fourth was the Townshend acts which put a tax on lead glass paints paper and tea. the the female colonists formed their own protesting group call the daughters of liberty. After they repealed the townshend acts they sent british soldiers to ease the tension. But that only made it worse. One day the colonists were protesting and throwing snowballs at the soldiers so they pointed their guns at the colonists. one man from the crowd yelled fire if you dare. so the soldiers pulled the trigger and killed three men on the spot the most significant death was crispus attucks. he was half Indian and half negro. then along came the tea act. which made the colonists want the ships of tea to leave and they didnt leave. so the colonists dressed as Indians and sneaked onto the ships and throw 340 tea chests into the boston harbor. which then led to the intolerable acts which penalized the colonists who lived in boston for the boston tea party.
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Lexington and Concord, 1776

1. 70 armed minutemen waited at Lexington for the British to arrive. The battle ended in minutes. Only a few volleys were fired.
2. Captain John Parker yelled to his troops, "Don't fire unless fired upon." Just at that moment a shot rang out no one knew who fired to this day.
3. The city of Concord was warned not by Revere because he was arrested, but Samuel Prescott.
4. Some of the British were frustrated because their mission was to take the guns away from the rebels, but the rebels had moved their stockpile before the British got there.
5. the British set fire to a few of the buildings which got a reaction from the minutemen. They charged forward. In the end the British retreated.
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Common Sense, 1776

1. Common Sense was a 47 page pamphlet that was written anonymously.
2. Thomas Paine wrote the pamphlet. It told that the citizens, not kings or queens should make the laws.
3. 500,000 copies were sold.
4. This made the colonists see their king differently.
5. Common Sense cried out about tyranny.
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Declaration of Independence, 1776

1. The Declaration of Independence was put into place on July 4, 1776.
2. The date is known today as the birth of the United states of America.
3. John Hancock was and is the most well known signer of the Declaration of Independence.
4. Some of the others who signed were Thomas Jefferson and Thomas Jefferson
5. There were even a pair of brothers who signed it John and Samuel Adams
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Battle of Saratoga, 1777

1. The Battle of Saratoga was the turning point in the war.
2. General Burgoyne decided to push through New York and cut off New England from the other colonies.
3. Burgoyne took Ticonderoga and moved up to Albany.
4. The Patriots created obstacles for the British they bogged dams and cut down trees to slow them down.
5. Burgoyne surrendered to General Gates.
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Winter at Valley Forge, 1777

1. The winter was tough many men were lost.
2. Washington's men were not prepared for shin deep snow.
3. What is even worse than not being prepared is having no shirt during the winter!
4. Washington used the winter time to train so he hired two trainers
5. The trainers' name was Baron von Steuben
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The Battle of Yorktown, 1781

1. The Battle of Yorktown was the last major battle of the American Revolution.
2. In 1781 the British owned most of the south