Revolutionary War

Megan Schroepfer

Introduction

The Revolutionary War was a big event. It had many leaders, things that really helped the people in the war, and events that lead up to it. King George III, Lexington and Concord, and the Committees of Correspondence impacted the Revolutionary War.

King George III

King George III was a leader and a king during the Revolutionary War. Soon after he became king, the Turmoil War happened. They won, but their government wasn't stable and they were in debt. He decided to raise taxes. This made people very unhappy, so they stopped buying from him. George was mad about this, so he ordered lots of tea. When the boats arrived, people from the colonies dressed up as indians and dumped all of the tea into the water. This event is now known as the Boston Tea Party. George had a time of insanity after this, caused by his illness called Porphyria. After all of this, he couldn't afford another war. Nor lose his colonies. Then came the Revolutionary War! During this time, the American colonies declared themselves free. King George still kept the war going. Until, he signed the Treaty of Paris. This had stopped the Revolutionary War. Everything started to go downhill from here. He loss his power, due to his insanity, the French rebelled again, and they got too far in debt. In January of 1820, he died at the age of 82.

Lexington and Concord

On April 18th, 1775, Joseph Warren heard that the British were coming to Concord that night. He, along with others like Paul Revere and William Dawes, went to tell other people in the town Lexington. Samuel Prescott met them while on their journey. He went and told Concord about it. The British arrived on April 19th, about 700 of them! People aren't sure who fired first. When the smoke cleared, eight militiamen were found dead and nine injured. Only one redcoat died. The British observed the ground, to see if there were others. They decided to burn everything, it had gotten a little bit out of control. They started heading back to Boston. The militiamen that were left followed them. They fired at them from behind trees, walls, etc. In order for the British to get away faster, they dropped stuff they had on them like weapons or equipment. The British finally reached their destination, but then the colonists went for them. Their commander told them not to attack, and to travel to where they had support.

As many as 3,500 militiamen had died, and only 250 red coats died.

Committees of Correspondence

This was the American Colonies communication before the Revolutionary War happened. Boston had made the earliest Committee of Correspondence because of Britain's harsher enforcements. The next year, so had New York. As many as 260 towns started to form Committees of Correspondences. The Virginia House of Burgesses said that each colonial legislature should assign a role for intercolonial correspondence. Almost everyone joined this, and then many more Correspondences were made.

Conclusion

All of these connect to one another. The Lexington and Concord event lead up to the Revolutionary War, King George III was a leader in the war, and they used communication (Which is the Committees of Correspondence) during it.