Notable leaders: general and first president George Washington; French ally Marquis de Lafayette; prolific writer and economist Alexander Hamilton Notable documents: Thomas Paine’s pamphlet Common Sense and the Declaration of Independence.
Here comes the General! George Washington
I've been reading Common Sense by Thomas Paine!!
Colonists felt that their rights were violated when they were forced to feed and provide housing for British soldiers, in accordance to the Quartering Act, and that they had no representation in the British parliament. So they couldn't have a saying in the passing of the laws that heavily taxed the colonies, such as the Stamp Act of 1765.
The Battle of Lexington on April 19, 1775, marked the beginning of the American Revolution
Do not throw away your shot!
The Treaty of Paris was sign on September 10, 1783; thus marking the end of the American War of Independence between Britain and the 13 Colonies, now known as the United States of America.
The United States built its country based off of the Enlightenment ideas. For example, Montesquieu's idea of a balanced government can be found in the U.S Gov't, where power is split evenly between the Legislative, Executive, and Judicial Branches. Another example could be found in the Declaration of Independence where Enlightenment thinker, John Locke, and his idea of "Life, Liberty, and Property" inspired the document's writer, Thomas Jefferson, to include those ideas in said document.
We hold these truths to be self-evident that all men are created equal.
The American War of Independence helped diffuse Enlightenment ideas that the war was based off of to influence other revolutions around the globe. Revolutions such as the Haitian Revolt, the Latin American Revolutions, and, most notably, the French Revolution would be inspired by ideas from Enlightenment.
France is following us to revolution! There is no more status quo
Miranda, Lin-Manuel. Hamilton: Original Broadway Cast Recording. New York, NY: Atlantic Recording Company, 2015