American Revolutionary

"we are now free" By. Alicia Harris

How it all started

At the beginning, King George the III and Parliament put taxes on the colonists such as the Tea Act, Townsend Acts, Quartering Act, Sugar Act, Proclamation of 1763, and so on. After the French and Indian war, because of the amount of debt Britain was in, King George the lll thought the colonists were there to help the mother country. He was wrong. The colonists were surprised and angry. They had no idea that these taxes were going to be put on them because the king had no right to do so. It would have been better if the king gave the colonists notice, but he didn't. That's when the colonists came up with the saying, "no taxation without representation." The colonists boycotted and protested because they believed that no one should do that to them. The protest got bigger to the point where Redcoats had to come to the colonies. The colonists thought that the Redcoats invaded them. That was it; the colonists had enough, so they thought that they needed to make their own rules. The colonists asked and asked, but the king would not have it. So, the colonists asked and again for one last time and the king did not listen. Not long after that, there was a war waiting to happen.

let the war begin

lexington and concord 1775

NTK facts
1. On April 19, British troops arrived at the town of Lexington, near concord (hence the name) where armed minutemen waited. at one of the two ends a shot rang out and that was the start of the revolutionary war

2. The battle ended in minutes with only a few volleys fired.

3. out of they 70 minutemen only 10 wounded 8 dead. and only one British troop who marched on to concord

4. for some time the colonists called the British soldiers red coats because of their jackets

5. because they found nothing in concord the red coats were forced to retreat to Boston, suffering many casualties along the way

common sense 1776

NTK Facts
1. the common sense was a 47 page pamphlet that was distributed in Philadelphia in January 1776

2.the author Thomas Paine, argued that citizens, not kings and queens, should make their own laws.

3. news of the work spread throughout the colonies, eventually selling some of 500,000 copies.

4. common sense changed the way many colonists viewed their king. it made a strong case for economic freedom and for the right to military self-defense.

5. Thomas Paine's words rang out in his time, and they have echoed throughout American history.

Declaration of Independence 1776

NTK Facts
1.In June 1776 the second continental congress began writing a document declaring independence.

2. a committee also created a seal for the new country with the Latin motto "e pluribus unum" or "out of many, one"

3. the signing of the declaration made the rebellion a full-scale revolt against Britain. those who supported it would be considered traitors.

4.the colonists had to choose between patriot or loyalists

5. while the document stated that "all men are created equal" the document failed to mention women, enslaved Africans, or native Americans

battle of saratoga 1777

NTK Facts
1. The british had a plan to win the war by dividing the colonies in NYC

2. The plan failed when the largest British army was defeated at Saratoga

3. General john Burgoyne was unprepared because he thought the revels were ignorant farmers

4. The British defeat marked a turning point in the war

5. This battle helped Ben franklin persuade the French government to supply military assistance to the Americans

winter at valley forge 1777-1778

NTK Facts
1. The continental congress had to leave Philadelphia, which was occupied by British troops

2. There was a few problems, Washington had to feed 13,000 troops and faced threats to his leadership

3. Many suffered from diseases and pneumonia

4. Even though there was no war it represented a major test for the new colonial army

5. Washington used his time here to train and discipline his troops

battle of yorktown 1781

NTK Facts
1. After years of fighting general Washington and French help managed to force gen. Charles Cornwallis and the main British army into a corner at Yorktown Virginia

2. After a few days Cornwallis and his 8,000 British soldiers were forced to surrender

3. The British commander could not bear to surrender publicly, so his men surrendered their army to General Washington and the continental army

4. This battle turned out to be the last major battle of the war.

5. Washington feared that the war would still drag on but when word reached England of the defeat the British government decided to give up the fight

treaty of paris 1783

NTK Facts
1. The treaty of Paris formally ended the American Revolutionary War

2. It also set American boarders

3. British leaders also accepted American rights to settle west of the appalachian Mountains

4. At the wars end soldiers went back to their families and homes

5. George Washington thanked his troops for their devotion " I wish that your later days be prosperous as your former ones have been glorious"