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The Revolutionary War

August 18, 2018

The 13 colonies and the colonial government started escalating tensions from 1775-1783. The war began in April 1775. Dumping tea in the harbor was a way of protesting the British colonial occupation. https://www.history.com/topics/american-revolution/american-revolution-history. The Revolutionary War was one big step to self-governance for the United States. It meant that we became our own sovereign nation in the eyes of the rest of the world. The British attempted to raise taxes for the colonies while enacting a Stamp Act of 1765, the Townshed Tarrifs of 1767, and the Tea Act of 1773, making the colonists hate their lack of representation in the Parliament.

Colonial delegates decided to meet in Philadelphia, secretly, to voice their growing concerns. The First Continental Congress met to complain about taxation without representation. They would try to meet again in May 1775, but in April 1775 the first shots were used in the Revolutionary War. The first major battle of the war was the Battle of Bunker Hill. George Washington was a general in this war. The Revolutionary War gained much support throughout the 13 colonies at the time. We won our independence from Great Britain on September 3rd, 1783, where the Treaty Of Paris was used to formalize the independent status of the United States.

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