The American Revolutionary War
HST201 – U.S. History I
Colorado State University – Global Campus
November 28, 2014
The American Revolutionary War
The United States of America would not be anything like it is now if it were not for the American Revolutionary War. The conflict between the American colonists and British military forces fought on for 8 years from 1775-1783. In this essay, I will describe the conditions, the era and a few of the major battles of the conflict that helped shape the war. It was a true David and Goliath story, the ill prepared American forces versus the might of the British Empire.
The Catalyst of Conflict
Wars often begin with a seemingly small set of circumstances that lead to larger conflict. The case of the American revolutionary war was no different. To set the stage for conflict, one must first look at the years before the conflict escalated. In the 1750s, the slogan of “No taxation without representation” became popular among the colonists (Revolution Rages in Boston, n.d.).They felt that the taxation of their colonies was not justified, as they had no say in what occurred in British Parliament in return for their taxation. This culminated in the Boston Tea Party on December 16, 1773, which was a political protest enacted by the “Sons of Liberty” whereby more than 300 chests of British tea were thrown into Boston harbor (Foner, 2012). It became increasingly clear to the American colonists that the British were continuing to exert authority on the American colonies from afar, with no potential benefit of the colonies themselves.
Battles of Lexington and Concord
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