Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Fight for Freedom

In America, in 1763, was very important for the new colonies. this was because the French and Indian War had ended and England was ready for the colonists to pay them back for the war. The colonists were outrage and they were sick of England trying to govern them when they have had to govern themselves lately. But looking at the colonies itself, improvements were being made. Roads connecting cities were improved, trade among the colonies was growing rapidly, and colonists were shaping their own way of life without England.

The English Americans wanted their independence because they wanted freedom from England and they weren't only fighting for independence but something greater. Not everyone in America wanted freedom like a royal governor name William Franklin, he felt that he must remain loyal to the king and believed that the patriot leaders would drag the colonies into a civil war. His father, Benjamin Franklin, did believe that America should break away because the British society was corrupt. The debate over whether America should be independent or not sometimes divided families.

The decision made to become independent was made throughout the years of 1770-1775. Throughout these years were many rebellions. One was the Boston Massacre, the conflict between the colonists and the English turned deadly when the colonists were throwing snowballs full of glass, sticks, and rocks at the British; the British returned with a fire killing 5 men. Then another rebellion called The Boston Tea Party was when the British taxed the colonists' favorite drink, tea, and the colonists boarded a ship and dumped all the tea into the Boston harbor. Also one of another the other, less known, rebellions was the Stamp Act where the English government passed the Stamp Act and the colonist refused to buy English goods by boycotting them. 

The war began with a shot heard 'round the world. This shot was fired buy an unknown side, no one really knows who fired the first shot if it was the British, the Lexington militia, or a bystander. It all started with about 70 militia men and close to 1,000 British soldiers. A British officer ordered the men to drop their weapons, then a shot was fired and the British fired back killing eight men and wounding ten. Young farm boys and young men joined the militia coming from cities around the area, like Boston and Concord, trying to protect the weapons in Concord and Boston. These men were not skilled and some had never even shot a person before but they ended up winning the war. 

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