Unit 2: Revolution

  • Boston Massacre

    Boston Massacre
    This event, believe it or not, actually began because of an argument over a barber bill. This began to attract attention and more and more citizens came. Eventually it turned into a mob. The Bostonian citizens screamed and cursed at the Redcoats to fire. Eventually, whether by accident or on purpose, one of the British fired and it led to more shots fired. The citizens scattered but five ended up dead.
  • Boston Tea Party

    Boston Tea Party
    This is one of the most famous events in the Revolution. This was a result of the Tea Act. The Tea Act was an act where the government owned East India Trading Company (that was presently going bankrupt) was excluded from many of the taxes that were presently being put apon the colonies' companies. This made a lot of the colonists very mad so they dressed up like Mohawk Indians and dumped 342 chests of tea into the Boston Harbor.
  • Battle of Lexington & Concord

    Battle of Lexington & Concord
    The Battle of Lexington and Concord really happened in two parts. First, there was a small battle at Lexington. Then, there was a battle at Concord. These two battles marked the beginning of The Revolutionary War. The battle at Lexington wasn't really a battle but the British won. The British also won the battle at Concord but after the battle, the American militia trailed along with the British on their march back to Boston and shot at them the whole time basically destroying the regiment.
  • Battle of Bunker Hill

    Battle of Bunker Hill
    The Battle of Bunker Hill, occasionally reffered to as The Battle of Breed's Hill, was one of the earlier battles in The American Revolution. Even though it is officially Battle at Bunker Hill, it was really fought at Breed's Hill. The British eventually did win but sustained very heavy casualties (1054 men) losing almost half of their soldiers who fought there.
  • Declaration of Independence Signing

    Declaration of Independence Signing
    This declaration was signed in the Pennsylvania State House. It was drafted by Thomas Jefferson. It was signed by 56 men. It was basically what is said in the name, declaring independence from Britain.
  • Battle of New York

    Battle of New York
    This battle was, overall, a British victory. The commanders were Washington and Howe. Washington was forced to retreat several times from several different places.
  • Battle of Trenton

    Battle of Trenton
    This battle took place, obviously, one day after Christmas. Normally, they would not have had battles in winter due to the harsh conditions. This is how Washington was able to surprise the Germans, who were already drunk or hungover from the celebrations the day before. This is where he famously crossed the Delaware river and captured 900 Hessians.
  • Battle of Princeton

    Battle of Princeton
    This was an American victory. It gave the Americans hope that they could actually win the war since the battle at Long Island didn't go so well for them. It was also the battle where George Washingon famously rode out into the actual battle when his troops were retreating.
  • Battle of Saratoga

    Battle of Saratoga
    This battle was a very important victory in American history. It was the victory that ended the British plan to split the colonies. This is also the battle where that convinced the French that the Americans could hold their own and convinced them to help them out. This aliegiance proved to be very useful to the Americans later on in the war.
  • Valley Forge

    Valley Forge
    This was a harsh winter camp whose leader was George Washington. There was disease and starvation everywhere. There was a huge outbreak of smallpox and this is where Washington infected his whole army with small pox to create a kind of vaccine. This is also where Friedrich von Steuben trained Washington's rag tag miilitia and turned it into a real army.
  • Battle of Yorktown

    Battle of Yorktown
    This was the famous battle that ended the Revolutionary War. British general, Cornwallis, was cornered by land and sea so he had no choice but to surrender. This battle played a huge part in the begining of our country.
  • Treaty of Paris

    Treaty of Paris
    This was the document that officially ended the Revolutionary War. It was ratified by the King of England on April 9th, 1784. It was signed in the Hotel d'York