"we are now free" By. Alicia Harris
How it all started
let the war begin
lexington and concord 1775
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
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.
the original cover
the author of common sense
DOI proposed in common sense
Constitution of the United States as proposed by Thomas Paine in Common Sense
Declaration of Independence 1776
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
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
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
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
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"