American Revolution
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4/19/1775  - 9/3/1783
Tensions between Colonial America under British rule erupted into gun battles on April 19, 1775, when English soldiers clashed with New England 'Minutemen' in Lexington and Concord. It was a colonial victory and the beginning of the American Revolution.

On July 4, 1776, as the battles continued, the fledgling Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence in Philadelphia. But victory was elusive. In 1777, British troops had taken control of Philadelphia, forcing the Continental Congress into hiding. Later that year, momentum shifted as the British failed to capture the Hudson River Valley. In 1778, France became the first major country to recognize America’s independence -- and much-needed military aid followed. In 1781, the war was virtually over with the British defeat at Yorktown, VA.

In 1783, the Treaty of Paris made it official, with the British Crown acknowledging the independence of the United States of America.

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Washington Crossing the Delaware- Wikimedia Commons

Signing the Declaration of Independence- Architect of the Capitol

The Shot Heard Round the World, or Concord Bridge- Courtesy the National Guard Bureau

The Battle of Bunker Hill- Yale University Art Gallery

The Surrender of Lord Cornwallis at Yorktown- Architect of the Capitol
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Sandi Dolbee
Affliated with: Former Religion and Ethics Editor, The San Diego Union-Tribune

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