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Ch 4 vocab

Revolutionary War - grade 7

First Continental Congress Delegates from all of the colonies except Georgia met in Philadelphia to decide how to respond to Great Britain's Intolerable Acts.
Patriots Colonists that wanted to break from from English rule
Loyalists Colonists that sided with Great Britain during the Revolutionary War.
Redcoats A nickname for British Soldiers
Minutemen American colonial militia members that were ready to fight at a moment's notice
Second Continental Congress A second group of delegates who met in Philadelphia to discuss how to deal with the King of England. They created the Olive Branch Petition and started the Continental Army
Continental Army Army created by the Second Continental Congress in 1775 to defend the American Colonies against Britain
Thomas Paine This man wrote Common Sense, an influential pamphlet in which he argued that citizens, not kings and queens, should make the laws.
George Washington This Virginian commanded the Continental Army. He later became the first president of the United States.
Thomas Jefferson This founding father was the main author of the Declaration of Independence. He later became the 3rd president of the United States.
John Adams One of the founding fathers of the US. His wife encouraged him to "remember the ladies".
Declaration of Independence This document declared the colonies free from British rule and listed the colonists' grievances against Britain.
Mercenaries These are hired foreign soldiers
Treaty of Paris The peace agreement that ended the Revolutionary War.
Strategy This is a plan of action for fighting a battle or war.
Treason This is a crime for betraying your own government.
Natural Rights These are the rights that every person is born with including life, liberty and property.
Guerilla Warfare This is a form of irregular warfare that uses ambushes
Tyranny This is a cruel and oppressive form of government rule
John Locke This is the English philosopher and enlightenment thinker who came up with the idea of natural rights.
Revolutionary War The war of independence waged by the American colonies against Great Britain
Created by: Sandberg


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