American Revolution

Boston Tea Party

The Boston Tea Party was carried out by a group of Patriots led by Samuel Adams known as the Sons of Liberty. They were all dressed up as Native Americans to disguise themselves. The Sons of Liberty threw crates of tea into the Boston Harbor. They say they did this to get back as a result of "No Taxation Without Representation. They destroyed £9,659 worth of tea.

Boston Massacre

A street fight that occurred on March 5, 1770, between a "patriot" mob, throwing snowballs, stones, and sticks, and a squad of British soldiers. Several colonists are said to have been killed. There will be a Town Meeting held demanding the removal of the British. This massacre was most likely caused by the tension created by the Stamp and Townshed Act. Nine british were charged.

Lexington and Concord

During the early hours of April 19, 1775, Britians General sent out regiments of British soldiers quartered in Boston. They were to go to Lexington and Concord. Pual Revere road a horse and warned everyone the British were coming. Lots of minutemen met the british at Lexington. Someone shot, this shot was known as "the shot heard around the world." This battle was the start of the American Revolution.

Battle of Saratoga

The Battle of Saratoga was a turning point in the American Revolution. The American forces were led by Horatio Gates and Benedict Arnold. The british general attacked and was defeated and forced to retreat. He surrendered ten days later, and the American victory convinced the French government to formally recognize the colonist’s cause and enter the war as their ally. The French entering the war on the Americans side helped tremendously.

Battle of Yorktown

The Battle of Yorktown was the last battle of the American Revolution and was fought September 28 to October 19, 1781. Britian did not want to fight the war but the king did. the colonists had a reason to fight helping them win. The defeat of the British at Yorktown prompted the British government to give the colonies freedom. The Treaty of Paris 1783 was the document that ended the war.

Intolerable Acts

The Intolerable Acts were a series of laws passed by the British Parliament in 1774 after the Boston Tea party. They were meant to punish Boston for throwing a large tea shipment into Boston harbor. They were put under Military rule. They were also not aloud to trade. Great Britian passed these acts thinking that it would establish their authority over the colonists, which obviously did not work.

Editorials

Was the Battle of Saratoga necessary?

It has come to my attention that the Battle of Saratoga was not necessary. This battle was necessary because without this victory the French would not have aided us throughout the rest of this war.

- George Washington

The Treaty of Paris 1783

Many people do not understand what the Treaty of Paris did. The Treaty of Paris ended the Revolutionary war and recognized American Independence. Without The Treaty of Paris in 1783 the U.S. would not have ownership of a vast territory between the Atlantic coast and the Mississippi River.

- Benjamin Franklin