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The Treaty of Paris was the official document signed by both British and American officials marking the end of the Revolutionary war. Representing the U.S. were John Adams, Benjamin Franklin and John Jay, all of whom signed the document. Along with establishing peace the document outlined all of the U.S. boundaries.
George Washington was born on February 22, 1732. By the time he was 22 years old he was already a Lieutenant Colonel in the French and Indian war and then became the leader of the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War. He was a bold leader and it is said that the colonies would have lost if not for him. He was even the leader of the armies that forced General Cornwallis to surrender. Soon thereafter Washington became President of the United States and lived with his wife Martha Dandridge Custis on Mount Vernon. He eventually died of a throat infection in 1799.
George Washington discovered that General Cornwallis' troops were camped in Yorktown, Virginia. Washington then led his troops into Yorktown and fought for almost a month. Finally, General Cornwallis surrendered his troops to Washington on October 19, 1781.
Benjamin Franklin was born on January 17, 1706. As Benjamin grew older he had many occupations including being an author, political strategist and even a scientist. He is known for inventing several things including the lightning rod and bifocals. Later on Ben became one of the founding fathers of our nation and even signed the Declaration of Independence. By the end of his life Franklin was considered one of America's greatest men. He passed away on April 17, 1790.
The Battle of Saratoga was fought between General Howe's forces against George Washington's less trained men. In addition, the Americans also had the Green Mountain boys on there side enabling the Americans to win the battle. This was a major turning point in the war because the battle convinced the French to join the Patriots, especially because they were enemies of the English.
The Battle of Brandywine was a battle fought in the Philadelphia campaign of the American Revolution. This battle began in a heavy fog providing coverage for the oncoming British troops. Then around 2 p.m. the British appeared on the Continental Army's right flank. This battle caused the city to become unguarded enabling the British to take over the city. The British then ruled over the city until June of 1778.
The Battle of Bennington was a battle that took place in Walloosmac, New York. It consisted of about 2,000 American militia men against John Burgoyne's large army. By the end of the battle the American troops had overcome Burgoyne's men. This was a big win for the Colonists.
At the beginning of the battle of Breed's and Bunker Hill large amounts of Colonial troops marched into Cambridge capturing British heavy cannons. They then placed them on the peaks of Breed's and Bunker Hill firing at the British troops. However, after days of battle the Colonial troops were out of ammunition and ordered for more. The British discoverd this and then isolated the two hills. The British then took over the hills and regained their heavy cannons.
Benedict Arnold's militia and Ethan Allen's Green Mountain Boys both set out for Fort Ticonderoga with the same goal in mind. They both wanted to take over Fort Ticonderoga. The two leaders reluctantly worked together and surprise-attacked the poorly guarded fort. Ultimately, the British commander surrendered the fort while in his pajamas.
At midnight on April 19, 1775, General Gage sent out British regiments in order to conquer Lexington and then move on to Concord. However, American spies working for the British spread the word around about Gage's attack. As word traveled from town to town local militias prepared to assist their neighboring towns of Lexington and Concord. Soon American militias met the British at Lexington and engaged in battle. The local militias were no match for Gage's men and British troops advanced to Concord. But once the British arrived in Concord they met more militia forcing them to retreat back to Boston.