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American history: A chart on the causes and effects of the revolutionary war

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  1. Causes
    1. Background
    2. Immediate
  2. Strategies of the competing sides for victory
  3. Significant battles with explanation of significance
  4. Significant figures with explanation for significance
  5. How the War concluded / Treaty and terms
  6. Effects
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Throughout the mid-1700's resistance to British control in the colonies grew as Britain tried to consolidate their empire through a series of ordinances after the Seven Years' War. Although the passage of the Stamp Act, Declaratory Act, Sugar Act, and the Townshend Duties did not inevitably hurry the revolution, they did cause colonists to question how much influence Parliament had and should have within the American colonies.

Around the same time, colonists were also exposed to Enlightenment thought which placed stress upon reason, information and experimentation, and John Locke's opinion that the government exists to protect the individual's right to property, life and liberty. The republican and Whig ideologies were also spread throughout the colonies. The republican stress on popular sovereignty, representative government, the ?filtration' system, a natural aristocracy and public virtue supplemented the colonists' disgust at the corruption of the British government and illuminated the contrasting governmental differences between the colonies and their mother country.

[...] His army bullied civilians into joining the rebel side, thus giving the British more enemies to fight against. Also, he made the fatal mistake of choosing the wrong place to engage in battle. Yorktown was between the rebel army, and the sea where French warships waiting. His surrender at Yorktown marked the end of the Revolutionary War, with a victory for the Americans. V. How the War Concluded/Treaty and Terms The war concluded with a colonial victory after the end of the siege of Yorktown by the efficient blockading between French fleet and Washington's Army. [...]


[...] In the early morning of April seventy Minutemen in a militia consisting of farmers mustered on the Green at the center of Lexington British troops marched onto the Green and told the militia to move out of the way. A shot was fired, either from the British or American side, and resulted in the death of eight Americans. By dawn, word of the British had spread and hundreds of Minutemen from nearby towns surged into Concord, where the troops were marching. [...]


[...] Immediate: The direct, immediate causes of the Revolutionary War start around 1774, after the Intolerable Acts were passed. Although the idea of a conspiracy to enslave the colonies had circulated throughout British North America, these Acts convinced many disbelieving political leaders that the idea was very much true. This led to the meeting of colonial representatives at the first Continental Congress. There the Association, an agreement to stop all trade with Britain until the Intolerable Acts were repealed, was designed, and the Suffolk Resolves were drawn up, encouraging civil disobedience. [...]

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