Frustrated by Britain’s increasing taxes and rules, the American Colonies tried to reconcile the situation peaceable…no success. In 1776 the Declaration of Independence was signed, formally severing ties with Britain. If the American could win the war, they would be an independent nation. With foreign aid, the Americans won strategic victory and gained their independence.
Websites for more resources:
Boston Freedom Trail Official information and history from the city of Boston website
Minute Man National Historic Park (Lexington & Concord, Massachusetts)
Independence Hall, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania History of the signing of the Declaration of Independence
Valley Forge History of America’s darkest winter
Yorktown Victory Center A living history center in Virginia
Yorktown Battlefield History of the decisive siege and victory of the war