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Events Leading to the Revolution

Boston Massacre

Boston Tea Party

Intolerable Acts

Ride of Paul Revere

Shot Heard Around the World

First Continental Congress

Battles of the Revolution

Battle of Lexington and Concord

Second Continental Congress

Capture of Fort Ticonderoga

Battle of Bunker Hill

Olive Branch Petition

Battle of Quebec

British Evacuation of Boston

Battle of Long Island

Declaration of Independence

Battle of Fort Washington

Washington Crossing the Delaware

Battle of Trenton

Life in the Continental Army

Battle of Princeton

Battle of Brandywine

Battle of Germantown

Battle of Oriskany

Battle of Bennington

Battle of Saratoga

Surrender of Burgoyne

Winter at Valley Forge

France Enters the War

Spain Enters the War

Battle of Charleston

Battle of Camden

Battle of Yorktown

Surrender of Cornwallis

Articles of Confederation

Treaty of Paris

Constitutional Convention

President George Washington

American Revolution Index

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The American Revolution (1775–1783) is also known as the American Revolutionary War and the American War of Independence. Following the French Indian War (1754-1763) the British decided the colonies should pay more of the costs associated with them being a British colony, such as military protection. Britain imposed a series of taxes that proved to be very unpopular. The revolution did not start over night, but was a long series of events leading to the first shot being fired.

The American Revolution started with the 13 colonies protesting against these taxes and other laws the colonists considered intolerable acts. The British were concerned to colonist protests might turn into revolt. They sent troops to Lexington and Concord to capture leaders of the revolt and a store of weapons. Thanks to Paul Revere's Midnight Ride, the rebellion's leaders Samuel Adams and John Hancock escaped, and the colonial militia were assembled and waiting for the British troops. This led to the Battle of Lexington and Concord, and the Siege of Boston.

Initially the fight was over rights as a British colony. Eventually the revolt evolved into a fight for independence with the goal of colonies to become a separate and independent United States of America. At the First Continental Congress the colonists issued a request that Britain revoke the contentious taxes and laws. Britain refused, which fueled the cries for independence. A Second Continental Congress was held, and on July 4, 1776 the colonies formally made their Declaration of Independence. A Constitutional Convention was held to define the government through the Articles of Confederation of the newly formed United States of American.

The Battles of the American Revolution started in Lexington on April 19, 1775. Declaring independence was one thing, achieving independence was much more difficult for the colonists. There were over 20 major battles during the revolution, spanning a period of 6 years. Initially the British held the advantage with more troops and a superior trained army. The Continental Army eventually grew in size, and through considerable training, became a powerful fighting force. With the help of France, General George Washington and his Continental Army defeated British General Cornwallis at the Battle of Yorktown on October 19, 1781. This led to the Treaty of Paris, officially ending the revolution on September 3, 1783

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