13 terms

American Revolution Vocabulary

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Ratify
To approve
Boycott
To refuse to buy or use certain goods or services
Mercenary
A soldier who fights for pay, often for a foreign country
Unalienable Rights
Rights that cannot be taken away
Patriot
A colonist who favored war against Britain
Siege
To surround and blockade an enemy town or position with troops in order to force it to surrender
Cavalry
Troops on horseback
Repeal
To cancel, remove from
Traitor
A person who betrays his or her own country
Militia
An army of citizens who serve as soldiers during an emergency
Blockade
The shutting of a port to keep people or supplies from moving in or out
Loyalist
A colonist who remained loyal to Britain
Petition
A formal written request to someone in authority that is signed by a group of people
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