Leader of the Green Mountain Boys who, in 1775, captured the British fort Ticonderoga on Lake Champlain in New York.
An officer who had played a key role in the capture of Fort Ticonderoga and later helped lead the Patiots' invasion of Canada.
Wrote the Declaration of Independence declaring that people had a right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
Son of a free-African sail maker, he was captured by the British at age 14. Released after the war he walked barefoot from New York to his home in Philadelphia.
A British general on the frontier, called the "Hair Buyer" because he supposedly paid money for American scalps.
Marquis de Lafayette
A young French nobleman who fought as an American commander in the American revolution. He used his own money to buy clothing for the troops.
Baron von Steuben
A German who helped the inexperienced Americans become a disciplined fighting force.
A colonist lawyer who defended some of the British soldiers involved in the Boston Massacre. An important voice of reason.
A Boston silversmith, who along with William Dawes, was charged with spreading the news about British troop movements.
An American officer who was involved in invading Quebec in hopes of drawing Canadians into the Patriot camp. Also played a role at Fort Ticonderoga.
Author of the influential pamphlet "Common Sense" which advocated American independence.