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  • Battles at Lexington and Concord
  • Battle of Bunker Hill
  • Battle of Trenton
  • The Battle in which the British troops marched to Lexington near concord to attack the minutemen which had 10 wounded and 8 lay dead. The citizens were warned by Samuel Prescott because Revere had been arrested.
  • Battle of Saratoga
  • Desperate for supplies, leaders in Boston sent Benedict Arnold and force of 400 men to attack New York State. They captured the fort (Fort Ticonderoga) and its large supply of weapons.  While the Patriots lost, they proved they could take on the Redcoats. For the British, it was a tragic victory, to win they had sacrificed about double the number of Patriot soldiers.
  • Battle of Yorktown
  • An important Patriot victory. Washington and his troops marched on the night of January 2, 1777. The Americans would attack the Hessians at Trenton, New Jersey.
  • Treaty of Paris of 1783
  • The turning point of the Revolution War. Burgoyne's army bogged down in thick forests. The Patriots had chopped down large trees and dammed rivers to create obstacles. All along the route, the militia swarmed out of nowhere to attack the Redcoats. As Burgoyne neared Saratoga, New Yoke, he found himself surrounded. On October 17, 1777, he was forced to surrender his entire army to General Horatio Gates.
  • The last major battle in the American Revolution. In early 1781 the war was going badly for the Patriots. They were low on money to pay the soldiers and buy supplies. The British held most of the South, plus Philadelphia and New York City. The Patriot's morale took another blow when Benedict Arnold, one of America's most gifted officers, turned traitor. General Washington, in New York, saw a chance to trap Cornwallis at Yorktown. He ordered Layfette to block Cornwallis's escape by land. Then he combined his 2,500 troops with 4,00 french troops commanded by the Comte de Rochambeau. Washington led the French-American force on a swift march to wirgina to cut off the other escape routes.
  • After Yorktown, only a few small battles took place. Lacking the money to pay for a new army, Great Britain entered into peace talks with America. Benjamin Franklin had a key role in the negotiations. Delegates took more than two years to come to a peace agreement. The treaty of Paris 1787, Great Britain recognized the independence of the united states.
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