The Revolutionary War hyerim park

The real fighting didn't really start until 1775 (in the battle of Lexington and Concord), but for a almost decade before the war began, the beginning of a revolution was already starting to stir.

People in the colonies were sick and tired of the taxes and rules put on them by Britain. But more than that, people were angry that they had no say in the matter.

Bad feelings boiled over in 1773, when a group called the Sons of Liberty dumped ship-fulls of tea into Boston Harbor, which was followed by the passing of a set of laws called the Intolerable Acts.

In 1774, the First Continental Congress met up in Philadelphia and demanded that Great Britain no longer tax her colonies before discussion that involved the colonies (they also said that Britain should never force citizens to house soldiers, and declared that every citizen was entitled to life, liberty, property, assembly, and trial by jury).

They promised to meet again in 1775, but by then, it was too late. Blood had already been shed, in the battle of Lexington and Concord.

The war was on.

The British had General William Howe, who clashed with George Washington and his troops during the Battle of Bunker Hill (actually Breed's Hill). It ended in British victory, but they didn't get away completely unscratched. The battle encouraged the colonists to keep on fighting.

On July 4, 1776, the Declaration of Independence was made. At the same time, 34,000 British troops were on their way to New York, determined to stop the revolution in it's tracks.

By September, Washington evacuated his army from New York, but managed to take back Trenton (and later Princeton) using a bold move; sneaking across the Delaware River and attacking the British on Christmas night, when the British had lowered their guard

The war became somewhat of a "World War" in 1777, when France finally decided to openly help the colonists fight the British (however, France would only officially declare war a year later)

With French aid came Baron Friedrich von Steuben, a Prussian officer, and the French aristocrat Marquis de Lafayette (whose full name was Marie-Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert du Motier de La Fayette, Marquis de La Fayette). They whipped Washington's ragtag army into shape.

From 1778 to 1781, the fighting continued like it would never end.

First, the British changed leadership from Howe to a man called Sir Henry Clinton, who tried to withdraw from Philadelphia to New York, but was intercepted by Washington at the battle of Monmouth (the battle was a draw; the colonists held their ground, but the British managed to reach New York).

On the eighth of July, the French sent a fleet commanded by the Comte d’Estaing, ready to do battle. They tried a joint attack on Newport, Rhode Island, which failed. Some time later, Benedict Arnold (one of the earliest American heroes) defected to the British side, and the British took Charleston, South Carolina.

But nothing lasts forever, and the American Revolutionary War was no exception. By 1781, the war began to settle down. The Continental Army had managed to force Cornwallis to retreat to Yorktown, where the he (actually, he faked sickness and sent his deputy) surrendered.

Still, it was only in late 1782 that British troops left the colonies entirely, and in 1783 that Great Britain signed the Treaty of Paris - a document that recognized American independence. At the same time, Britain made peace with France and Spain (which it had also tangled with way back in 1779).

It was over.

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