General Thomas Gage was ordered by the British government to regain control at the colonies. On the afternoon of April 18, 1775, seven hundred British soldiers were met at Concord by 77 minutemen and over one hundred spectators. Neither group knew how to respond to the other. In the confusion, the minutemen began to withdraw. Then a shot rang out. It was never clear who fired it, but it triggered the beginning of the Revolutionary War, setting the stage for historic battles at Valley Forge, Saratoga, and Yorktown. Having fended for themselves for nearly two generations, many citizens in America's 13 colonies resented having to pay taxes to Great Britain-a country far away across the ocean. Protest against the British government grew into rebellion; rebellion quickly turned into war. Understanding the American Revolution describes the events that led up to the fight for an independent United States of America, the battles between British and Patriot forces, and what life was like during the conflict. Book jacket.
Significant Battles of the American Revolution
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