There were approximately 25,000 people who died during the American Revolutionary War. The war began with the Battle of Lexington and Concord, on April 19, 1775, and lasted until the signing of the Treaty of Paris on September 3, 1783. The war was between Great Britain and the 13 American colonies, with France joining on the side of the colonists in 1778.Know More
The American Revolution was the culmination of growing tensions between the colonists and their British rulers. The British government attempted to increases taxes in the colonies, with the Stamp Act (1765), Townshend Tariffs (1767) and Te Act (1773). Colonists did not approve of increased taxation without their representation in government and demanded equal rights with British residents. Violence occurred, in 1770, with the British killing five men during the Boston Massacre. In 1773, Bostonians dumped 342 tea chests into the Boston Harbor to protest the Tea Act. The Continental Congress would meet, in 1774 and 1775, to discuss independence; however, the Battle of Lexington and Concord started the war, before a decision was made.
During the next eight years the British and colonists fought a war that covered all 13 colonies. Major battles occurred in Saratoga, Fort Ticonderoga, Valley Forge and Yorktown. On October 19, 1781, Charles O'Hara, the deputy to the British general, surrendered to General George Washington. This marked the end of fighting, but British troops remained stationed in areas such as Charleston. The removal of the troops began, in 1782. On September 3, 1783, the Treaty of Paris was signed, marking the official end of the war and recognition by the British of American independence.Learn More
According to the Plimouth Plantation, the Wampanoag tribe taught the Pilgrims how to grow Indian corn. Indian corn is a different variety of corn than the type that is familiar to most Americans.Full Answer >
Albert Einstein was not buried; he was cremated, and the location of his ashes is unknown. Einstein died in 1955 at a New Jersey hospital at the age of 76. The cause was internal bleeding, stemming from a burst aneurysm.Full Answer >
The Reverend Jim Jones claimed that his high cheekbones and dark hair were due to the Cherokee blood from his mother's side. He stated that his immediate family was interracial by adoption and that he was a man of many racial and ethnic streams, but did not further specify ethnicity.Full Answer >
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. believed in the racial and ethnic equality of all people, nonviolent protest and the beloved community. King was a pacifist who patterned his protests after Mahatma Gandhi, who worked for social change without using violence.Full Answer >