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Thomas Jefferson Patriot; Writer of the Declaration of Independence
Thomas Paine writer of Common Sense and The American Crisis- encouraged people to become patriots
General Cornwallis commander of British Army, surrendered at Yorktown
Loyalist stayed loyal to Britain during the War
Patriot wanted independence from Britain
Hessians German mercenaries hired by the British
George Washington Commander in Chief of the Continental Army
Benedict Arnold American hero at Saratoga turned traitor
Barron Von Stubben trained American troops at Valley Forge
Treaty of Paris officially ended the American Revolution
The Purpose of the Declaration of Independence To announce to the world that the colonies were a new, independent nation To explain and justify the reasons that the colonies had decided to become the United States of America
Parts of the Declaration of Independence People have a natural right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. If a government does not respect people natural rights, the people have the right to form a new government.
Parts of the Declaration of Independence The British government has repeatedly violated the American colonists’ natural rights. The American Colonies are free and independent states, no longer ruled by the British government.
Common Sense convinced American colonist to become independent from Britain
Battle of Saratoga turning point of the American Revolution; American victory encourage France to assist in American cause
Battle of Lexington First Battle of the American Revolution
Battle of Yorktown Final Battle of the American Revolution
Valley Forge scene of much hardship for General Washington’s troops
Strengths & Weaknesses of British Army Well trained army, ample resources, alliences with loyaists Fighting in unfimiliar territory, fighting far from home
Strengths & Weaknesses American Army Strong military leadership, figting on home territory, alliences with France Small untrained military, shortage of rescources, weak centrel government
Created by: aleahy004