REVOLUTIONARY WAR What was the American Revolution? The American Revolution was the name of the war that the colonists fought to gain their freedom from Great Britain. A revolution is an overthrow of one's government. Why did the American Revolution take place? The American Revolution took place because the colonists and Great Britain disagreed about: • Taxation without representation: the colonists had no say over the taxes that Great Britain wanted them to pay; • Trade agreements: the British would allow the colonists to trade only with them; • Self-government: the colonists wanted more say in their own government. The American Revolution began on April 19, 1775 in the towns of Lexington and Concord, Massachusetts, and lasted until 1782 when peace talks were begun. © Copyright NewPath Learning. All Rights Reserved. Permission is granted for the purchaser to print copies for non-commercial educational purposes only. Visit us at www.NewPathLearning.com.
Where did the Revolutionary War take place? Battles took place in many of the colonies and even in Canada. Fighting occurred in: • Fort Ticonderoga • Bennington • Saratoga • Princeton • Trenton • Yorktown • Savannah • Charleston • …and dozens of other locations in colonial America. Was there an Agreement that Ended the War? The peace treaty that ended the American Revolution was signed in Paris in 1783. The Treaty of Paris was approved by the new nation in 1784. It provided that: • The United States of America was a free and independent country. • The northern boundary of the new United States was set at the Great Lakes. • The western boundary of the new United States would be the Mississippi River. • The southern boundary of the new United States was set at Florida. © Copyright NewPath Learning. All Rights Reserved. Permission is granted for the purchaser to print copies for non-commercial educational purposes only. Visit us at www.NewPathLearning.com.