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The American Revolution

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Battle of Saratoga

Battles of Lexington and Concord - British military success is tempered by extreme guerilla warfare by patriots during march back to Boston

Second Continental Congress - organizes Continental Army, creates navy, authorizes printing of continental paper money, approves Declaration of the Causes and Necessity of Taking Up Arms

Battle of Bunker Hill - British sustain heavy losses in a successful attempt to capture high ground above Boston

Declaration of Independence - officially declares America a sovereign state when adopted on July 4, 1776

Battle of Saratoga - American victory that causes foreign recognition, especially from France

Valley Forge - American soldiers winter in cold Pennsylvania and about 2,500 die, remainder train with General von Steuben

Battle of Monmouth Court House - last major northern battle, British victory

Battle of Charleston - American forces trapped within city and surrender, worst patriot defeat of war and largest single loss of troops to a foreign army until 1942

Yorktown - 8,800 Americans and 7,800 French join together, French create naval blockade and force British surrender

Peace of Paris - signed on September 3, 1783, granted Americans most land desires excluding Canada

 

Work Cited

Goldfield, David and Carl Abbott, Virginia DeJohn Anderson, Jo Ann Argersinger, Peter Argersinger, William Barney, and Robert Weir. The American Journey: A History of the United States. New Jersey: Prentice-Hall, 1998.

 

Audio: School House Rock -- The Revolutionary War

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