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FC: Technology Take: The American Revolution
1: Declaration of Independence | The Declaration of Independence was the thirteen colonies official document stating that the colonies were no longer under British control. It listed all grievances towards Britain, declared the colonies free and independent, stated the basic rights and equality, and declared was against Britain if necessary. After the Declaration was written, the American Revolution soon followed.
2: Events and Battles | Lexington and Concord was the very first battle of the revolution. At Lexington, British soldiers fought a group of minute men leaving 8 dead and 10 injured colonists. The soldiers marched on to Concord where they were met with more minutemen. The soldiers fired expecting the colonists to flee. To their surprise they held their ground and in a few minutes, it was the British that were running away. Thus beginning the American Revolution.
3: Turning point of the war | The Battle of Saratoga was the turning point in the American Revolution. The British had tried to separate the New England and the Middle colonies to no avail. This American win convinced France to lend soldiers, food, weapons and uniforms to the Continental army. Without this help, the Americans might not have won the American Revolution.
4: Significant Individuals and their impact | George Washington: strong leader in the American Revolution, with his leadership, he helped the Americans win. General Cornwallis- General from the French army, who helped secure the victory at Yorktown, the final battle that, ended the Revolution. Ben Franklin- One of the authors of the Treaty of Paris. John Jay- One of the authors of the Treaty of Paris. Thomas Jefferson- Author of the Treaty of Paris and the Declaration of Independence John Addams- One of the authors of the Treaty of Paris. Thomas Payne- The author of Common Sense, which provided and everyday look at the war movement.
5: Articles of Conferderation | The Articles of Confederation was one of the first plans for America. They could print money, could maintain an army and navy for national defense, could declare war and/or peace, and could enter into treaties with Native Americans. While the Articles of Confederation helped form America, it also had its downsides. They could not levy taxes or provide for its own revenue. Congress could only ask the states to make contributions for the “general good.” They did not have an executive branch or court system. Congress could not regulate trade, even between the 13 states. Each state had one vote when it came to new laws and all the states had to agree unanimously for the law to be passed. The Articles of Confederation also set up the Northwest Ordinance, rules for any new territories that would be added to the states.