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American Revolution

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    American Revolution

  • Sugar Act

    Sugar Act
    The Sugar Act reduced the tax on a gallon of molasses from 6 pence to 3 pence, but added more foreign goods, such as sugar, coffee, and printed fabric, to the list of taxable items.
  • Boston Massacre

    Boston Massacre
    The Boston Massacre, also known as the Boston riot, was an incident that led to the death of 5 civilians at the hands of British Redcoats.
  • Boston Tea Party

    Boston Tea Party
    A large group of men colonists disguised themselves as Native Americans and boarded the tea ship. During the next 3 hours, they threw 342 cases of tea into the Boston Harbor.
  • The Shot Heard Round the World

    The Shot Heard Round the World
    General Thomas Gage sent 700 troopsto seize the arms and capture some important colonial leaders. When the British arrived, the commander ordered the soldiers to go home but they refused. Suddenly. a shot rang out, hence starting the Revolutionary War.
  • Battle of Bunker Hill

    Battle of Bunker Hill
    The British won this battle but at a terrible cost. More than 1000 were killed or wounded. American losses were about 400 killed or wounded. They had proven they could fight and stand up to professional British soldiers.
  • Battle of Moore's Creek Bridge

    Battle of Moore's Creek Bridge
    This battle took place in Wilmington, NC and though the battle was a small one, the implications were large. The American victory demonstrated the surprising strength in the countryside.
  • Declaration of Independence

    Declaration of Independence
    The Declaration of Independence is a brilliant piece of writing. Building on the ideas of the Enlightenment, it uses step-by-step logic to explain why the colonists wanted to break away from British rule.
  • Battle of Saratoga

    Battle of Saratoga
    This battle conclusively decided the fate of British General John Burgoyne's army. The Americans forced them to surrender, and this battle has been called the turning point of the war.