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
1,000's of Redcoats in Boston-General Gage brings thousands of British soldiers to Boston with more on the way.
Midnight ride of Paul Revere-Paul revere rides to warn the Sons of Liberty in Lexington and concord that the " British are coming... The British are coming.."
Battles of Lexington & Concord-Battle of Lexington-
~1st battle of American Revolutionary War
~"Shot heard round the world" -Ralph Waldo Emerson
~BRITISH Victory -Battle of Concord-
~ Americans Stop British and force them to retreat back to Boston
Capture of Fort Ticonderoga-Benedict Arnold & Ethan Allen capture the fort
-Get all supplies in the fort including cannons
Second Continental Congress meet
Battle of Bunker Hill-Fought on Breed's Hill
-"Don't fire until you see the whites of their eyes"-William Prescott
BRITISH Victory (Americans ran out of ammunition) British learn defeating Americans wound NOT be easy.
Washington arrives on outskirts of Boston with Continental troops-Realizes men are disorganized & need discipline
"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 cries, '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 again-Debate on declaring independence
-Thomas Jefferson is the primary author of the document
Second Continental Congress votes for Independence
Declaration of Independence is signed!