In 1607, colonists landed at Jamestown. They established the first successful colony. Before, there was an unsuccessful attempt at Roanoke. It was tough, but Jamestown colonists pulled through the starving times, when the numbers of people greatly decreased. This successful colony showed others that surviving in the "New World" was possible.
FIRST CONGRESS, 1774
CONCORD AND LEXINGTON, 1775
In 1775, the Patriot militia met up with the British at Lexington. The British beat us there but, we retreated to concord and gathered reinforcements.
A video about the battles.
At Old North Bridge, we opened fire killing many redcoats. Hidden militia members opened fire from behind rocks and trees. They also hid in houses and barns.
We forced the British to retreat and harassed them while they were retreating.
From hiding spots along the road back to Boston, we inflicted heavy casualties. One 80 year old man hid behind a rock and took on a group of redcoats with a hunting gun, two pistols, and a dueling sword. He popped up and shot a British soldier from point blank in the face. He then emptied his two pistols and started fighting with the sword. The soldiers overpowered him and left him for the dead, but he survived and lived to fight another day. This belongs because the battles showed the Patriots that they could beat the "mightiest army in the world".
GEORGE WASHINGTON ELECTED, 1789
In 1789, George Washington became the first president of the United States of America. He also is the only president to have ever leaded troops in battle during one of his two terms. He set the standards for future presidents. This belongs because he set up the country really well.
LOUISIANA PURCHASE, 1803
In 1803, The USA bought the Louisiana Purchase. It nearly doubled the size of the United States. We bought part of the Panhandle of Florida and the port of New Orleans for 10 million dollars. For an extra 5 million, we got the whole Louisiana territory. (Really ripped France off!) The Louisiana Purchase belongs because it doubled the size of the United States of America.
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