The American Revolution - Fourqurean

The American Revolution - Fourqurean

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  • Fun Fact: The American Revolution lasted for about 8.3 years ending with Yorktown. The actual revolution began during the colonists' and governments' constant state of back ad forth agreement. 
  • 1775- 1783
  • I was chosen as Commander  of the Continental Army in the year 1775 to 1783. I was a great leader although I led many unsuccessful battles. 
  • Fun Fact: British Soldiers, aka the "Red Coats" were known for their bright red uniforms and sometimes blue. The colonists also wore red but a duller shade. 
  • More than ten battles were fought within the war. It is believed to be at least 40,000 casualties total from war, disease, andwhile being prisoner of war. 
  • I was also a delegate from Massachusetts; I helped convince congress to declare independence. 
  • John Adams was the 2nd president of the United States. As a diplomat, he and Benjamin Franklin worked together with Arthur Lee to negotiate French alliance. They required 
  • Meanwhile, John Adams, Ben Franklin, and Arthur Lee were trying to negotiate French alliance. 
  • We worked together to persuade some of Europe to ally with us!
  • The British Government passed a series of "Intolerable Acts" in response to the colonists' protests to their initial problems with the government. Many events such as the sugar act, stamp act, and the tea act, lead up the American Revolution. Colonists were upset that they "received taxation without representation" as they had no say in the raise of taxes. The actual revolution started and occurred long before the war broke out while citizens and government went back and forth in "punishment" and protest. 
  • Fun Fact: Although many native tribes were loyal to and fought with Americans, they still lost their land to the settlers. 
  • We should have all helped the British fight the war. Maybe we would still have our land. I thought thing would've turned out better for us.  
  • Us southerners were very reluctant to appoint slaves as soldiers; we made sure to allow them positions as seamen and pilots. 
  • General George Washington, the first president of the United States, was appointed commander o the Continental Army. He was not used to managing large armies but he proved to be a great, capable leader. He lost many of his battles but was a very influential leader as he had programs to help camp smallpox victims that had become infected during war. After his job was done, he resigned. Years later, the Treaty of Paris was signed officially ending the war. 
  • Fun Fact: After the war ended and the constitution was written, people finally began to  see the wrong in slavery. However, it  was a while until slavery was officially "ended."
  • But we was choosed to fight anyways. There was at least 10 of us I think. 
  • That darn  Independence was 'spose to grant us blacks liberty. We fought well but were still forbidden to be in the army! 
  • Fightin' 'ventu'ly paid off. 
  •  the colonists to negotiations with Britain unless their independence was recognized. When Washington defeated Gen. Cornwallis in the battle of Yorktown, America's chances of alliance with France and other parts of Europe rode as Adams assured them that they didn't want to be on the losing side of the war. A peace treaty was signed and Britain wanted compensation for murdered loyalists. 
  • Fun Fact: Several women helped colonists to win the war. They held important roles such as Deborah Samson who fought and Sybil Ludington, the "Female Paul Revere."
  • We were sometimes undercover workers for the colonists. Not many knewof the actual importance we held to winning the war. 
  • Some Natives sided with the Americans during the war while more were still on the Britons' side. This is because the British promised to protect the native territory from settlers and other tribes were and had been living closely alongside the Americans for a long while at this point. Joseph Brant, a native, learned to speak English where he then helped the British during the war as an interpreter. He eventually persuaded some Iroquois tribes to side with Britain. 
  • Southern states chose blacks hesitantly to help fight in battle and were granted other jobs to support the colonists. The Declaration of Independence falsely ensured freedom and liberty to enslaved blacks. Some slaves were later granted position as a soldier in the battles of Bunker Hill and Lexington and were not permitted to fight in other war. They were later granted freedom as a reward. 
  • Women made small but sure contributions to the war, certain ones to be exact. During the first moments of revolution, women decided to help boycott by forming the "Daughters of Liberty" which were women that made hand-made goods, like clothing, rather than buying from Britain. Some women had to protect their homes from attacks from troops, although not directly in war. Women were behind the acts of the war such as handling cannons and even the 1st printing of the Declaration of Independence. 
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