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Lexington and Concord (1775)
The British are coming!!
The French and Indian War would come to an end at the signing of the Treaty of Paris, which began because of conflict consisting of France, Austria, Russia against Prussia and Britain. According to this treaty, France would give up all territories in mainland North America, thus giving Britain Quebec and the Ohio Valley. France would also give Louisiana to Spain and Britain would obtain Spanish Florida. Because of the signing, Britain's practice of salutary neglect with the colonies would end, angering many colonists.
The Declaration of Independence (1776)
Following the Sugar and Quartering Acts, Parliament would pass a tax on all glass, paint, oil, lead, paper, and tea that entered the colonies. Many other goods would also receive a duty. These taxes would anger colonists because they were being given these taxes without any true reasoning as to why. This would later be known as "taxation without representation". More taxes would follow with the passing of the Stamp Act.
Treaty of Paris (1783)
Why are we here again...
Known as the start of the Revolutionary War, the battle of Lexington and Concord would finally let it be known to the British that the Colonies were no longer going to put up with taxes and laws that had no meaning. As Colonists caught wind of the British marching to Concord, MA arms cache, men such as Paul Revere would would alert Revolutionists which gave them enough time to prepare for this battle. The Colonists would make the British retreat as they were under heavy fire. Events preceding this such as the Boston Massacre (1770), and Boston Tea Party (1773) would leave a wound on Colonists which fueled them in this battle.
U.S. Constitution (1787)
George, you are now our president...
Many colonists did not want independence but after the British had enlarged the royal army and navy in 1775, colonists hopes that issues would be resolved with their mother country would go down tremendously. In January of 1776, Thomas Paine would release "Common Sense" a pamphlet which argued that independence was a natural right. Six months later, a 5 man committee that included Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, and John Adams would come together to write the "Declaration of Independence" which would become one of the most famous historical documents in U.S. history and state the colonies independence from Britain.
As war persisted on, both Britain and the Colonies would feel the brutality of their fighting and it would finally lead to talks of American Independence being realized. A five member committee would be put together from the colonies to negotiate a deal with Britain. This committee would consist of John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, John Jay, Thomas Jefferson, and Henry Laurens. Only Adams, Franklin, and Jay would make it to the actual signing which would secure colonists independence and fisherman's rights to the Grand Banks off coast of New Foundland and other Canadian waters.
As America was dealing with the struggles of establishing themselves as a true nation, leaders would come together to in an attempt to form a more perfect union among the colonies. Congress had no authority at the time and these colonial leaders would meet at the first Constitutional Convention and write the Articles of Confederation and elect war hero, George Washington, president of the nation. The Constitution written six years prior would be revised and resigned, giving the young nation 3 branches of government and a system of checks and balances. The signing of the new Constitution would take place on September 17, 1887.