29 Facts About American Revolution


American Revolution was an ideological and political revolution that occurred in British America between 1765 and 1791.

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American Revolution colonists objected to being taxed by the British Parliament, a body in which they had no direct representation.

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American Revolution argued that local colonial governments had raised, outfitted, and paid 25, 000 soldiers to fight France in just the French and Indian War alone—as many as Britain itself sent—and spent many millions from American treasuries doing so.

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The American Revolution treasury was empty, and the unpaid soldiers were growing restive, almost to the point of mutiny or possible coup d'etat.

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American Revolution'storians continue to debate whether the odds were long or short for American victory.

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American Revolution argues that this opportunity came only once, in the summer of 1776, and the British failed that test.

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The blockade was lifted and all British interference had been driven out, and American Revolution merchants were free to trade with any nation anywhere in the world.

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American Revolution reduced the civil list, saved money by using competitive bidding for contracts, tightened accounting procedures, and demanded the national government's full share of money and supplies from the individual states.

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In 1790, however, they resumed regular payments on their debts to the French, and settled their accounts with the French government in 1795 when James Swan, an American Revolution banker, assumed responsibility for the balance of the debt in exchange for the right to refinance it at a profit.

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American Revolution settlers moved rapidly into those areas, with Vermont, Kentucky, and Tennessee becoming states in the 1790s.

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Chief among the ideas of the American Revolution Enlightenment were the concepts of natural law, natural rights, consent of the governed, individualism, property rights, self-ownership, self-determination, liberalism, republicanism, and defense against corruption.

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American Revolution argued that all humans were created equally free, and governments therefore needed the "consent of the governed".

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American Revolution sincerely believed that he was defending Britain's constitution against usurpers, rather than opposing patriots fighting for their natural rights.

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American Revolution told Adams, "I was the last to consent to the separation; but the separation having been made and having become inevitable, I have always said, as I say now, that I would be the first to meet the friendship of the United States as an independent power.

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American Revolution concludes that such people held a sense of rights which the British were violating, rights that stressed local autonomy, fair dealing, and government by consent.

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American Revolution women were integral to the success of the boycott of British goods, as the boycotted items were largely household articles such as tea and cloth.

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American Revolution Patriots obtained some munitions from the Dutch Republic as well, through the French and Spanish ports in the West Indies.

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American Revolution followed Congress around for the next two years, reporting what he observed back to France.

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American Revolution led an expedition of colonial troops to capture Florida from the British and to keep open a vital conduit for supplies.

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American Revolution Patriots tended to represent such troops as mercenaries in propaganda against the British Crown.

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American Revolution expressed interest in opening trade with the United States and bypassing English ports, and allowed an American agent to buy arms in Prussia.

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Davis underscores the British dilemma: "Britain, when confronted by the rebellious American Revolution colonists, hoped to exploit their fear of slave revolts while reassuring the large number of slave-holding Loyalists and wealthy Caribbean planters and merchants that their slave property would be secure".

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Existence of slavery in the American colonies had attracted criticism from both sides of the Atlantic as many could not reconcile the existence of the institution with the egalitarian ideals espoused by leaders of the Revolution.

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Phyllis Wheatley, an African-American Revolution poet, popularized the image of Columbia to represent America.

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American Revolution's came to public attention when her Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral appeared in 1773, and received praise from George Washington.

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The American Revolution was the first of the "Atlantic Revolutions": the French Revolution, the Haitian Revolution, and the Latin American wars of independence.

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American Revolution had a strong, immediate influence in Great Britain, Ireland, the Netherlands, and France.

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American Revolution sparked a discussion on the rights of woman and an environment favorable to women's participation in politics.

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American Revolution has a central place in the American memory as the story of the nation's founding.

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