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Published on February 28, 2008

Author: Coralie


The American Revolution:  The American Revolution Causes of the War :  Causes of the War Outgrowth of the colonists’ desire not to be taxed without representation in the Parliament of England. Over the course of time many taxes were implemented and revoked because of the outrageous reaction from the colonies. “Taxation without representation is tyranny” became the battle cry of the colonies. The Boston Massacre:  The Boston Massacre In Boston the American’s outrage resulted in violent acts against the British customs officials. British troops, protecting the customs officials, opened fire into a group of protestors. Five members of the group were killed, in what later became known as the Boston Massacre. The Boston Tea Party :  The Boston Tea Party A group of citizens from the Boston area dressed as Mohawk Indians, boarded a ship and dumped over 300 chests of tea into the harbor to protest the monopoly of the East India Trade Company. George Washington:  George Washington As Commander in Chief, Washington’s first great feat was leading the rag-tag Continental army to victory over the British expeditionary forces in the American colonies. The Battle of Bunker Hill:  The Battle of Bunker Hill As important as this battle was to war, it is a common myth, the battle did not actually take place on Bunker Hill. The American soldiers waited all night for the British, before they ambushed them and forced them to leave Charleston. This was one of the first of many victories that the Americans had over the British. The Birth of the United States Navy:  The Birth of the United States Navy On Friday, October 13, 1775, meeting in Philadelphia, the Continental Congress voted to fit out two sailing vessels, armed with ten carriage guns, as well as swivel guns, and manned by crews of eighty, and to send them out on a cruise of three months to intercept transports carrying munitions and stores to the British army in America. This was the original legislation out of which the Continental Navy grew and as such constitutes the birth certificate of the navy. The United States NAVY:  The United States NAVY The Declaration of Independence:  The Declaration of Independence The Declaration of Independence was a document drafted mostly by Thomas Jefferson. This document stated that the Continental Congress was to sever all ties with Great Britain. July 4, 1776, the document was adopted and signed; church bells rang to let the people know the good news. The Battle of Trenton:  The Battle of Trenton On Christmas Eve 1776, George Washington and his men were cold, tired, defeated, and demoralized. But when it came time to fight the British, who had many more men, and much more equipment, the American troops pulled it together and beat the British. This was not only a great victory for America, but it was a great boost for the American morale. New Jersey’s part in the Revolution:  New Jersey’s part in the Revolution New Jersey played a key part, geographically in the war. Being in the center of the new nation, it was crossed numerous times by men of both America and Britain. New Jersey holds the record for getting the most action of the war, followed closely in second with South Carolina. The Battle of Saratoga:  The Battle of Saratoga The battle of Saratoga is an interesting one. This was when 6,000 British troops were in upstate New York, traveling southbound. The American troops cut or burned down all of the bridges in their path. This made the British an easy target for the American soldiers. Georgia’s Roll in the Revolution:  Georgia’s Roll in the Revolution Major General Provost took Savannah with little resistance and converted the small community back to the British. For a brief time the Georgia assembly met under the authority of the British crown. Provost expanded his control of Georgia to Augusta and Sunbury, and with the Cherokees' support in northwest Georgia he effectively controlled all of the state. (December 29,1778) Unsolved Mysteries at Valley Forge:  Unsolved Mysteries at Valley Forge Graves and Ghosts at Valley Forge--Because the traditional Valley Forge story includes images of men starving, freezing, and dying of sickness, visitors to the site in Victorian times imagined that perhaps thousands of Revolutionary soldiers lay buried there. Famous Quotes of the Revolution:  Famous Quotes of the Revolution “I only regret that I have but one life to give for my country.” ~Nathan Hale “These are the times that try all men’s souls.” ~Thomas Paine “They that can give up the essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserves neither liberty nor safety.” ~Benjamin Franklin Famous Quotes cont’d:  Famous Quotes cont’d “I have but one lamp by which my feet are guided, and that is the lamp of experience. I know no way of judging of the future but by the past.” ~Patrick Henry “The god who gave us life gave us liberty at the same time.” ~Thomas Jefferson “There never was a good war, or a bad peace.” ~Benjamin Franklin Famous People of the Revolution:  Famous People of the Revolution John Adams George Washington John Paul Jones Nathanial Greene Betsy Ross Benjamin Franklin Patrick Henry Alexander Hamilton Thomas Jefferson Ethan Allen Molly Pitcher Paul Revere John Hancock Nathan Hale Internet Link about The American Revolution:  Internet Link about The American Revolution

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