Key Events and Figures of the American Revolution

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George Washington

Born on February 22, 1732, in Westmoreland County, Virginia, George Washington served as a general and became the first president of the United States, serving from 1789 to 1797.

Battle at Bunker Hill

The Battle of Bunker Hill was fought on June 17, 1775, during the Siege of Boston in the early stages of the American Revolutionary War.

The Invasion of Quebec

On December 31, 1775, during the American Revolutionary War (1775-83), Patriot forces under Colonel Benedict Arnold (1741-1801) and General Richard Montgomery (1738-75) attempted to capture the British-occupied city of Quebec and with it win support for the American cause in Canada.

The Staten Island Peace Conference

The Staten Island Peace Conference was a brief meeting held in the hope of bringing an end to the American Revolutionary War. Start date: September 11, 1776

The Crossing of the Delaware

George Washington's crossing of the Delaware River, which occurred on the night of December 25–26, 1776, during the American Revolutionary War, was the first move in a surprise attack organized by George Washington against the Hessian forces in Trenton, New Jersey, on the morning of December 26.

Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin FRS, FRSE was one of the Founding Fathers of the United States.

General Cornwallis

Charles Cornwallis, 1st Marquess Cornwallis KG, PC, styled Viscount Brome between 1753 and 1762 and known as The Earl Cornwallis between 1762 and 1792, was a British Army officer and colonial administrator.

Black Loyalists

Black slaves who were promised freedom if they fought in the American Revolution.

Causes of the American Revolution

The causes of the American Revolution were taxation without representation, foreign rule, and property ownership and democracy.

Effects of the American Revolution

The effects of the American Revolution were self-government of the people by the people for the people. In a word, freedom. The American Revolution occurred, giving several people a chance for a better life. After the revolution, a new government was formed through a lot of thought. The Articles of the Confederacy were formed, then edited and turned into the Constitution. Every freedom we have today is a result of the lives given by American soldiers.

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