March 20, 2019

British Evacuation of Boston

British SoldiersThe British Evacuation of Boston is part 11 of “Revisiting the American Revolution History,” my lead up to the Fourth of July celebration.

After the Battle of Lexington and Concord, the colonial militia had set up a siege line around the British army in Boston. This limited the British access to fresh meat and other supplies. Also, even though the British defeated the militia in the Battle of Bunker Hill, major losses left the British needing reinforcements from England. [Read more…]

Boston Massacre

Boston Massacre - Customs House on King Street in Boston

Boston Massacre - Customs House on King Street in Boston

The Boston Massacre is part 4 of my American Revolution refresher, and the meaning behind the Fourth of July. Today I’ll talk about what happened at the Boston Massacre, and its implication on driving the colonists towards independence.

The citizens of Boston resented having British troops stationed in their town to enforce the British Tax Acts. On evening of March 5, a group of young men began taunting a British sentry outside the Custom House. They began throwing snowballs at the sentry. [Read more…]

Quest for Independence

Quest for Independence

Quest for Independence

Quest for Independence is part 3 of my American Revolution refresher. I’ll talk about the events leading to the revolution. In part 1, I talked about how the French and Indian War was a contributing factor to the revolution.

The quest for independence was the result of an ongoing series of grievances the colonists had against Britain. [Read more…]

French Indian War

French Indian War - Burning At Stake

French Indian War - Burning At Stake

To see the origins of the American Revolution we need to go back to the French Indian War. Britain had just fought the French and Indian War, gaining control of Canada and much of the land east of the Mississippi. Britain now needed more money to maintain soldiers in all these areas. In 1764, the British government decided to tax the colonists to pay a share of these costs. [Read more…]

Meaning Behind the Fourth of July

American Revolution - Battle of Princeton

American Revolution - Battle of Princeton

I’m starting this history blog with a timely discussion. As July 4th is quickly approaching, I thought that I’d use the next week to talk about the meaning behind the Fourth of July, Independence Day. As you probably already know, the Fourth of July celebrates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence. This document, adopted on July 4, 1776, officially declared the United States independence from Great Britain. [Read more…]