On October of 1774, representatives from every colony except for Georgia met in Carpenter's Hall in Philadelphia for the First Continental Congress. The meeting was held by colonial leaders to discuss their concerns about their relationship between Great Britain and the colonies. A compromise was made: the colonists would keep boycotting the British and the militia would prepare for war, while the Declaration of Rights were drafted.
In April of 1775 in Lexington, Massachusetts, the minutemen and the British troops exchanged the first gunfire of the Revolutionary War. The local militias had been coordinating, which made the British nervous. Many minutemen died because they were outnumbered. Shortly after their victory, the British moved to Concord looking for a stockpile of Colonial weapons. Not finding anything, they set fire to buildings. The militia there retaliated, causing many British casualties, forcing them back to Boston.
Battle of New York
In May of 1775, representatives from twelve of the colonies met in Philadelphia for the Second Continental Congress. The meeting was held to discuss King George III's refusal to address the Colonists' issues detailed in the Declaration of Rights. The Colonists, wanting peace, wrote the Olive Branch Petition, which the King ignored. Also, in this meeting, they created the Continental Army, assigning George Washington to lead it.
On June 17, 1775, the Patriots had entrenched themselves on Breed's Hill near Bunker Hill in Massachusetts to keep the British inside Boston. The Patriots were low on ammunition and supplies and were outnumbered by the British. The British won, however they suffered severe losses, and the Patriots put up a good fight, which made them more confident.
In June 1776, General George Washington and the Continental Army fought the British being led by General Howe. The British fleet of ships had sailed to New York Bay. This action forced the Continental Army to flee Long Island. The British wanted to regain control of the colonies and pushed the Patriots into New Jersey. Many Patriots and supplies were captured.
During the Revolution in 1776 there were American spies helping the Patriots. Haym Salomen was a banker from New York who helped fund the Revolution and used his banking skills to spy. Nathan Hale was a Patriot who had infiltrated the British to spy. He seized documents and passed secret information to the Patriots.