The American Revolution
The Revolutionary War
America’s freedom did not come easily. Americans were neglected and troubled by Great Britain. Something had to change. Something sparked rebellion. They couldn’t stand it any longer: America needed freedom from Britain. America started a rebellion. Some merchants started smuggling goods from other countries to avoid paying Britain. Britain wanted to tax America and Americans had to rebel in some way. America was getting anxious: they started a major war.
This is how America would fight, fight for their rights. Many battles were fought and many troops died; they persisted, persevered until they got what they wanted. Eventually America pulled through and defeated Great Britain. Now America had their hard earned freedom. Their democracy was much different from the monarchy they were forced to serve in. America had fought and battled for a long time to get what they wanted; they smuggled tea to hurt British tea companies, started one of the biggest wars in history, and eventually persevered to get what they deserved.
This desire towards freedom got America thinking. They became aware of what Britain was doing. Britain enforced the Townshend acts: they taxed America for all British goods imported into America. These acts started causing America to lose money. Eventually, Britain removed all of the Townshend acts – except for the one on tea. Merchants started to smuggle tea from the Netherlands. This hurt the British tea company drastically. As a sign of rebellion to the Townshend act, Samuel Adams led a group of rebels all dressed up as Mohawk Indians. He led his group onto a British tea ship and dumped all of the tea overboard.
This particular event infuriated Britain. As a result, they placed the intolerable acts upon America. One act declared that the Boston harbor was to be closed until America paid for the damage and learned to respect Great Britain. A convention of delegates was formed to resist the acts. This group was later named the Continental Congress. A little before the tea party Britain had troops stationed in Boston. America started a riot: the people were angry. They were yelling and threatening the British troops. The troops were frightened. This caused them to blind-fire into the huge crowd. Because of these shots, five innocent people were killed. America was furious with Britain. To help spread propaganda, America nicknamed the event The Boston Massacre.
By now America was furious and desired independence. They decided to take a stand: war was created. On April 18,1775 Paul Revere rode on horseback through Lexington and Concord. He was yelling The British are coming! The British are coming! This allowed American citizens to prepare for the oncoming British troops. Townspeople gathered up on a hidden hill – ready to fight. At dawn April 19,1775 British soldiers approached the town. The townspeople, also called minutemen, fired at the soldiers. However, seven minutemen were killed whereas only one British troop was wounded. This was the first battle of the war.
The next large battle was the battle of Bunker Hill. On June 17, 1775 British forces attacked America’s outpost on Breed’s Hill. At this time the American forces were in the hands of George Washington. He told them Don’t fire until you see the whites of their eyes!. This motto conserved ammo. America took out multiple waves of British soldiers faster and more efficiently because they saved their ammo while the British wasted it. This battle was announced to be the bloodiest battle of the whole war. 400 Patriots were killed along as 1000 British troops that were killed. Throughout the entire war, America was still driven by the thought of freedom and kept dreaming until the end.
Independence was gained in 1783. America had freedom: they were no longer controlled by Great Britain. America was completely free and had no mother country to control their decisions. They made the choices now. No mother countries meant no more taxes and unbearable laws. America could now spend their time and money on their own country and import whatever they wanted from wherever they wanted. The country became a democracy; George Washington was elected as the first president of the United States on April 30, 1789. America was no longer a monarchy: no more king. Since America was a democracy, the citizens got say in the country’s decisions: they could all vote for the country’s leader. Eventually, America persevered and gained what they deserved: independence.
In the beginning, America was owned by Great Britain. Britain was controlling, forceful, and America needed change. They started many rebellions: they dumped tea to resist the townshend acts, they smuggled goods from the Netherlands to hurt British companies, America started a devastating but powerful war. America definitely wanted freedom – wanted it badly. In the end, America broke free from Britain’s tight grasp. America worked hard to gain freedom and they deserved every bit of it. They persevered. They never gave up. They accomplished their long term goal of independence. America was freed.
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