Here's how Americans Define Revolution:
The American Revolution refers to the time frame in which the Thirteen Colonies that became the United States of America gained independence from the British Empire.
The American Revolutionary War was fought between the years of 1775 and 1783.
The first battle of the American Revolutionary War took place at Lexington Green on April 19, 1775, in the area of what is now the state of Massachusetts.
This battle led to the development of an American declaration of independence in 1776, and the eventual success of the Colonies on the battle field in 1781.
In the final battle of the American Revolutionary War, the British soldiers found themselves trapped at Yorktown Virginia, where they finally surrendered in October of 1781.
King George III had wanted to continue the fight, but his supporters had lost control of Parliament. So the war effectively ended, and the United States of America (as we know it) was born.
Famous figures of the American Revolutionary War include William Alexander, Benedict Arnold, Nathaniel Greene, Alexander Hamilton, Henry Lee III (father of Civil War General Robert E. Lee), Daniel Morgan, and President George Washington.
African Americans served on both sides during this war. The British recruited slaves belonging to Patriot masters and promised freedom to those who served.
Meanwhile, George Washington lifted the ban on black enlistment in the Continental Army.
All told, at least five thousand black soldiers fought for the Revolutionary cause.
At the end of the war, more than 3,000 freedmen were resettled in Nova Scotia, the Caribbean, and parts of Great Britain.
Approximately thirteen thousand Native American people fought on the British side of this war, with the largest group (roughly 1,500 men) coming from the Iroquois tribes.
Many Indians of other tribes also served in this war, some siding with the Americans and others siding with the British.
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