The American Revolution was a critical turning point in American history. Following the French and Indian War, Britain ignored its previous policy of salutary neglect and began intervening in the colonies affairs through taxes, occupation of soldiers, violation of civil liberties, all the while ignoring colonial pleas for representation in Parliament. These events led to the “shot heard ‘round the world” at the Battles of Lexington and Concord in April 1775. America was now at war with Britain. Nevertheless, the impact of
Most people did not expect the colonists with their under trained militia to last long against the British superpower. The colonists did just that. In the night of June 16, 1775, a detail of 1200 troops under orders from Artemas Ward, and led by William Prescott was supposed to entrench themselves on the rise on Bunker Hill, but instead misunderstood the instructions and went to Breed’s Hill by mistake. The next morning, the British were shocked to see Americans threatening them. In the 18th century, British military custom urged that the British soldiers attack the American soldiers, even though the Americans were in a superior position. Major General William Howe, leader of the British forces could easily have surrounded the Americans with his ships, but chose to march his troops up the hill; to the Americans. Howe might have believed that the Americans would retreat in the face of a smashing, head-on attack. Unfortunately, or fortunately depending on how a person looks at it, William Howe was wrong. The Americans stood their ground, dug in their heels, and stood firm. In the first wave, the Americans waited until they were within forty meters, then opened fire. The British force retreated with their wounded for a second wave. The British rushed up yet again. Again they retreated, suffering a great number of casualties. By the time the
On April 19, 1775, the British monarchy's despotism and tyranny finally reached a breaking point as war broke out within the American colonies. The colonists' differing opinions on British rule threw them into discord and caused them to separate into two opposite and clashing sides: the Patriots, who believed that America should be independent and autonomous from Britain, and the Loyalists, who, hence the name, remained loyal to the British crown amongst arising dissent and believed that it had the right to authority over the colonies. Both of these factions were determined to claim victory in the war that would become known as the American Revolution, but the Patriots ultimately prevailed. History makes it obvious why they did- and also
Between 1770 and 1776, resistance to imperial change turned into a full-on revolution. The American Revolution, also known as the Revolutionary War, was a time of revolting and political uprising, in which the 13 colonies separated from the British Empire, forming the independent nation known as the United States of America. Though the American Revolution began because the colonies wanted independence from Britain, many important historical events and revolts also lead to the tensions and resistance to what resulted in freedom and independence for the colonies from British rule. Events such as the Stamp and Sugar Acts, the Boston Massacre, Boston Tea Party, Intolerable Acts, and the Continental Congress led to expanding tensions and soon to the outbreak of the American Revolution.
During the American Revolution, The British and the American colonists had many difficulties and challenges to overcome. Both sides had great disadvantages and advantages, but the in the end the colonists had the most advantages and won their independence from the British. Some of the most important reasons the colonists won was that they were fighting on their own continent and knew the land better than the British, they received help from other European countries such as France and they had a well-experienced General; George Washington.
The revolutionary war marked the start of our country. The colonists rebelled against unfair British government control from across the ocean, and decided to build a free country on their own. They fought back in a war named the Revolutionary War, which took 8 hard fought years from 1775-1783 for the US to win. Except they never actually won. What really happened was much less glamorous and inspiring. We could have never won a war against Britain. They were the superpower at that time and would be through the reign of Queen Victoria, and their army more than dwarfed our collection of soldiers.. What happened, was Britain couldn’t win. Like many other big nations at that time, Britain had a lot of land very far away from their mainland, and that land was very hard to control and govern. Because of America 's geography and location, Britain had a very hard time crushing us like they needed to in a war. Essentially, geography lost Britain the war. Because of America’s far distance from England, the unfamiliar terrain for the British to fight on, and the shear size of the colonies, it was impractical and at a certain point impossible for them to win a war against the Americans. Because the colonies were so far away from Britain, it made it very hard for them to transport necessary materials over, and it was very hard for them to smoothly run operations in America as it took very long for messages to travel back and forth. Britain was used to fighting on European terrain. They
The American Revolutionary War, a hard won war, in which the thirteen colonies rejected British monarchy and fought for Independence. There are several events during this period that inspired British colonists to become Americans. One event is known as the Boston tea party which was a crucial time. The Boston Tea Party followed The Boston Massacre and the people that were involved consisted of the Sons of Liberty.
During the Revolutionary war one battle made all the difference in the fight for independence. Since the war lasted from 1775 until 1783 it is reasonable to believe that an abundance of battles had taken place on American soil, but only one was able to halt the near collapse of the frail revolution taking place against Britain’s control over the colonies. As depicted in the film The Crossing, based on the novelization of a real life event, the infamous George Washington leads what is left of his army across a river and unto the safe shores of Pennsylvania to escape the wrath of the British army. After suffering the blows of several defeats and the steady dwindling of his army Washington still continued to persevere in the face of adversity despite his army having scarcely any supplies. All the while dealing with the looming threat of the British laying only across a river though still further away than the conflict that brewed within the Revolutionary army as Washington’s leadership was questioned. Though the harsh December weather battered Washington’s already downtrodden, underfunded army Washington was able to execute a plan against the 1,200 Hassan mercenaries enlisted by the British and lead his army into the threshold of a miraculous victory. While the films extravagates and edits down the real events of the Battle of Trenton it does somewhat portray the real struggle against the freezing temperature Washington’s army dealt with. Before and during the battle the harsh
What was the purpose of the American Revolutionary War, or any revolutionary war, for that matter? There are many types of government in the world, and like everything, some are better than others. The people in the countries that had revolutionary wars had the drive and determination to rebel against their government, for what they believed was right, because, well, they did not like their government and wanted another kind. Within the hundreds of types of governments, the most common include Democracy, Dictatorship, Monarchy, Theocracy, Totalitarian, Republic, and Anarchy. While some may argue it is good to have an all-powerful central government, that just does not work out well for the people. The ideal government that all around benefits everyone is a capitalist democracy, because it is of the people, by the people, for the people, while allowing each individual to be successful if they so choose.
The most fascinating subject to learn about in History is spies. With the ideas of secret ink and leaving important documents at Dead Drops would be someone’s dream to live. That does not mean that every story of a spy ended up that way. Several spies during the Revolutionary war were hanged if caught. Though, one major traitor in the United States did not get hanged. He escaped to England. The life of spies is quite different then what people imagine. Even the founding fathers of the United States of America played such a drastic role in spying. Like John Jay considered the ‘Father of Counter Intelligence”. George Washington is known for creating the most successful operatives. Overall, the interesting parts in regard to spy is that of Sir Walsingham, the founding fathers, and that of Benedict Arnold, a traitor.
The first troops came to Boston in October 1868 from that point on the colonists (which were Americans) were not happy with them because of the corrupted mischief that took place within the towns and the enforcing of the Kings new Townshend act, which was the taxation on commodities. Because of the fury that colonists had they started protesting against the British troops. There was pure antagonism present in the rally on March 5th 1770. Colonists were throwing things such as; rocks, food, metal objects, shells, and more, at the troops and the British troops were trying to hold back the riot. Then, one of the British troops fired into the crowd and after that all the troops fired. It resulted in the killing of five American Colonists. The news papers printed accounts of the “atrocities” committed by the occupiers. British officers claim that they made every effort to not cause trouble.
The American Revolutionary War began in the middle1700s and ended with the Treaty of Paris signed in 1783. When looking at both sides of the argument I still believe the British were to blame for igniting the flames of revolution. A lot of people will argue that the British were fair in the treatment of the early American Colonists and provided for them as they did for their countrymen remaining in England. In my opinion the colonists were regarded as nothing more than a slave. By this, I mean that the colonists were basically used to work the land to provide crops which were normally imported from other countries to England. Since they were considered Englishmen and their lands considered property of the crown, the British could pass laws taking from them their basic rights as men. Three contributing factors for the outbreak of the American Revolution were the king’s taxes, neglect of the 13 colonies and England’s mercantilism policy (Strum, 44). The British thought of the colonists as their primary asset in their practice of mercantilism, which at times may have been profitable for the colonists. Ultimately it became a primary reason for the beginning of social unrest among the early Americans. While when it became convenient the British came in and started putting restrictions on them. As many in their position, the colonists rebelled against the new found interest in the societies they labored to build, that for so long went unnoticed. British taxation was one of the
The American Revolutionary war was a fought between Britain and America. It took place from 1775-1783. In 1776 France started to aid the Americans. In 1778 the American Revolution took a turning point, France decided to join in war allying the Americans helping them fight the British. On September 3, 1783 the Americans and Britain signed the peace treaty, ending the American Revolutionary war. The American Revolutionary war is one of the top events in U.S. history, because it helped American claim their independence.
Tension between Britain and Colonial America escalated when Britain, whose debt has doubled to 32 million euros, refused to compensate the Americans for the 2 million euros that they accumulated in debt. Britain went as far as implementing various revenue measures in the colonies in an attempt to stabilize their own government.