The American Revolution

Events, battles, and people.

Why did it begin?

Parliament started placing taxes on items without consulting with the colonists. Obviously, this was a big problem. Taxes on tea, stamps, paper, and other items were placed and the colonists were outraged.

Colonsits' React

The colonists were not going to take these new taxes sitting down. They protested. Tax collectors would often get tarred and feathered.

The Boston Massacre

Five Americans were shot by British troops. This made colonists deepen their distrust with British soldiers.

The Boston Tea Party

In response to the Tea Act, colonists dressed as Indians and dumped the British tea into the Boston Harbor. Parliament responded with the Intolerable Acts.

INFLUENTIAL PEOPLE

THE WAR BEGINS

The Battle of Lexington and Concord

This was the first battle of the American Revolution. The colonists received word of an attack, and Paul Revere went to warn others and get prepared for a battle. Britain came out with more deaths and wounded soldiers than the colonists.

The battle of bunker hill

The Battle of Bunker Hill is one of the Colony's greatest victories. When they head about the British's planned attacked they knew they had to defend their land and freedom.

The Battle of Trenton

Washington and his troops attacked Hessians and captured over 900 British soldiers and shot Johann Roll. The troops retreated during the winter with little clothing and most had no shoes. The troops were starving and were ready to give up.

the battle of saratoga

Considered a turning point in the American Revolution, the Colonist and British casualties were almost equal. However, the troops' spirits were greatly lifted by having withstood the force of the British army.

the battle of yorktown

This was the last battle of the American Revolution. Washington's troops made Cornwallis surrender and showed the British they needed to end the conflict.

Independance from britain

the declaration of independance

A committee was appointed the task of creating a declaration of independence. Thomas Jefferson was chosen to write it. Congress voted in favor of it and on July 4 copies were distributed throughout the colonies.