The History thing

By Jacob Dean Alana, 3rd period


throughout the mid 1700's, England wanted to remain in absolute control of the colonies. believing that they rightfully owned that land after their victory during the French & Indian War, England forbid the colonists from settling in the west, which upset them. shortly afterwards, parliament placed many unjust taxes and duties on items such as tea, sugar, glass, stamps, and many other items. The colonists took matters into their own hands, protesting violently. the breaking point was when British soldiers attacked a group of protesters, killing five of them. this event deepened the tensions between the two lands.

tired of this unjust treatment, the colonists decided to fight back.

Declaration of Independence, 1776

with "Common Sense" leaving such an impact on both the officials and people of the colonies, many colonial leader decided to come together in June of 1776 to compose a document that would declare their freedom, the result was the Declaration of Independence. This Document focused on 3 ideas expressed by the articles primary author, Thomas Jefferson. it stated that all people have unalienable rights, that cannot be taken away, such as the rights of "Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness."
The Declaration also listed the complaints of the colonist. Jefferson had believed that King George the 3rd had violated the rights of the colonists by Taxing them without their consent and placing many unfair laws upon the colonists, blatantly interfering with the colonial government. Jefferson also claimed that a large number of British troops within the colonies was a great burden upon the men and women of the colonies.
The 3rd Ideal listed was that the Colonies had a right to separate from the Britain. Jefferson also argued that King George the 3rd had broken the social contract.
on July 4th, 1776, The Colonial Government passed the Declaration, breaking all ties to Britain and the Royal Crown.

Valley Forge, 1777

While the Colonial Army may have had many great victories, it was running low on supplies for their soldiers in the winter of 1777, with 12,000 of George Washington's troops cold and starved at Valley forge, where they were sent to Settle. with his Men in near death states, Washington pleaded with the Colonial government, asking them for supplies, yet none came, In despair, Washington wrote to congress.
the winter was harsh, and the winds brought death, the cold killed nearly 2,000 men. those that were still in fighting condition trained brutally with the wealthy Frenchman, the Marquis De Lafayette, Along with the German Baron von stueben