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April 19, 1775 The first shots of the Revolutionary War are fired at Lexington and Concord in Massachusetts.
July 1776 The Declaration of Independence is adopted by the Second Continental Congress. Following a decade of agitation
December 1777 With the British occupying Philadelphia just 20 miles away, the Continental Army enters winter quarters at Valley Forge, Pennsylvania
February 1778 As a result of the patriot victory at Saratoga and American diplomatic efforts, France allies itself with the new American government
October 7, 1780 Patriot militia from the Carolinas, Virginia, and present-day Tennessee surround and defeat a force of loyalists under Major Patrick Ferguson at Kings Mountai
January 1782 The evacuation of loyalists begins. Largely unwelcome in the new United States, about 100,000 Americans who remained loyal to the crown find new lives in Britain, Canada, and British colonies in the West Indies.
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