The following information was presented
in this chapter:
Britain and the 13 Colonies were fighting about several things. Their
fight became the Revolutionary War. The Revolutionary War was important
because the 13 Colonies won and became free of Britain. As a result,
the United States of America was created.
The 13 Colonies wanted to be free from Britain for economic
reasons and so that the colonists could have religious freedom.
Britain wanted to keep the 13 Colonies because the colonists had
lots of natural resources
and the British wanted to get taxes from them.
The colonists created their own army, called the Continental
Army, so that they could fight the British. They wanted to be
free. The colonists didn't have much money to pay for the war or
weapons, but they had one important advantage: wilderness
fighting techniques. They hid behind trees and attacked the British.
It worked very well.
The British had many more soldiers, money and weapons than the
13 Colonies had. They wanted to keep the colonies under their rule.
The British soldiers were also well trained in battle techniques.
The Battles of Lexington and Concord were important because they
were the start of the Revolutionary War.
The French didn't like Britain and after the colonists won the
Battle of Saratoga the French joined the war. France brought French
soldiers and the French navy to help the colonists fight.
The colonists won the Battle of Yorktown, the last big fight.
Then Britain decided to quit the war.
The 13 Colonies became the United States of America when the Treaty
of Paris was signed.