1000's of redcoats in bostonGeneral Gage brings thousands with more on the way
midnight ride of paul reverepaul revere rides to warn the sons of liberty in Lexington and concord that the "British are coming...the British are coming"
Battles of Lexington and ConcordBattle of Lexington-
-1st battle of american revolutionary war
-"shot heard round the world" - Ralph waldo Emerson
Battle of concord
- Americans stop British and force them to retreat back to Boston
Capture of fort tinconderogaBenedict Arnold and Ethan Allen capture the fort.
Get all supplies in the fort including cannons
Battle of bunker hill-fought on breed's hill
-"Don't fire in till you see the whites in there eyes"- William Prescott
British victory( Americans ran out of ammunition) British learn defeating Americans would NOT be easy
Washington arrives on outskirts of Boston with continental troops
"common sense" published by Thomas paine-pamphlet inspires more colonists to become patriots
-"every thing that is right or reasonable pleads for separation. the blood of the slain, the weeping voice of nature,TIS TIME TO PART"- Thomas Paine, common sense
British surrender boston-Washington believes his army is ready & weapons arrive
Washington puts cannons on dorchester Heights overlooking Boston
British Retreat- American Victory
second continental Congress meet-print $$$$
-set up post office
-Created Continental Army led by George Washington
-Sent olive Branch asking king to protect their rights
- king hires 30,000 Hessian soldiers in response
Second continental congress meet again
second continental Congress votes for independence
the Declaration of independence is signed
continental congress meets-all colonies but Georgia have representatives.
-voted to send a "statement of grievances"
- voted to boycott all British trade
-Patrick Henry - VA rep. urged colonists to unite against Britain