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USI.6c: Revolutionary War People & Events

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King George III
British King during the Revolutionary Era
Lord Cornwallis
British general who surrendered at Yorktown
John Adams
championed the cause of independence
George Washington
Commander of the Continental Army
Thomas Jefferson
Major author of the Declaration of Independence
Patrick Henry
Outspoken member of the House of Burgesses; inspired colonial patriotism with his "Give me liberty or give me death" speech.
Benjamin Franklin
Prominent member of the Continental Congress; helped frame (write) the Declaration of Independence; helped gain French support for American independence
Phillis Wheatley
Enslaved African American who wrote poems and poetry supporting American independence and who eventually gained her freedom
Paul Revere
Patriot who made daring ride to warn colonists of British arrival
Boston Massacre
Colonists in Boston were shot after taunting British soldiers
Boston Tea Party
Samuel Adams and Paul Revere led patriots in throwing tea into Boston Harbor to protest tea taxes
First Continental Congress
Delegates from all colonies except Georgia met to discuss problems with Great Britain and to promote independence
Battles at Lexington & Concord
The first armed conflicts of the Revolutionary War
Approval of the Declaration of Independence
July 4, 1776. The colonies declared independence from Great Britain
Battle of Saratoga
This American victory was the turning point in the American Revolution
Surrender at Yorktown
This was the colonial victory over the forces of Lord Cornwallis that marked the end of the Revolutionary War
Treaty of Paris
Great Britain recognized American independence in this treaty