The American Revolution (Landmark Books)

The American Revolution (Landmark Books)

Language: English

Pages: 160

ISBN: 0394846966

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

In the American colonies of the 1770s, people were fed up with British laws. Local farmers and tradesmen secretly formed a militia. In 1775, when the British marched into Lexington and Concord, Massachusetts, the Americans were ready. From that first battle to the final showdown at Yorktown, the Americans fought against tremendous odds. The British army was bigger and better trained. Food and guns were scarce. But George Washington’s ragged army fought for–and won–the freedom and independence we cherish to this day.Illustrated with black-and-white photographs, the tale of our country's fight for independence is brought to life in fast-moving, dramatic detail.


















brave British tried to keep on. Some companies lost three-quarters or nine-tenths of their men within minutes. Finally the British retreated. There was a long wait, and then a third British assault, a bayonet charge. So far American losses had been light, but their ammunition was almost gone, and they had no bayonets to meet the British steel. Even so, many of the Massachusetts, Connecticut and New Hampshire men stayed in their positions though all they could do was use their muskets as clubs.

Loses, Crosses the Delaware and Wins From Boston General Howe had sailed to Halifax, Nova Scotia. There thousands of new soldiers joined his army, including German troops hired by King George from various German princes. Americans called all the German soldiers “Hessians,” and some, but by no means all, actually came from Hesse in Germany. Howe’s complete force—more than 30,000 soldiers and a huge navy—was the largest expeditionary force that the British had ever assembled. The question was,

home from 1754 to 1799, and he is buried here. At daybreak on September 28, 1781, a fine, sunny day, the French and Americans marched down the road from Williamsburg to Yorktown. There were more than 8,000 Americans now, combined with France’s 7,800 regular army men. At Yorktown, some fourteen miles away, Cornwallis had only 7,000 soldiers. The British were well dug in. Their fortifications were not all finished, but even so, the French and American Allies did not expect to charge the British

over!” King George was prepared to continue the fight, but he was almost the only man in England who was. Parliament, which voted the money to pay for the war, had had enough. Parliament could stop the war, and it did so. Early in 1782 Parliament declared that anybody who wanted to go on fighting the Americans was an enemy to his country, and it told King George to make peace. The bitter struggle had lasted far, far longer than expected. British taxes were higher than ever. The war, which was

that the shooting had taken place because the crowd had gotten out of hand. After the massacre, the British withdrew the rest of their troops from Boston. Soon news came that Parliament, realizing that the customs officers couldn’t collect the Townshend duties, had repealed them all except for the tax on tea. England was feeling the effects of the American boycott. Neither side had completely won its point, but both were tired of quarreling. By the fall of 1770, the boycott was ended. Except for

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