On the night of December 16th, 1773, the Boston Tea Party seized 342 crates of tea and threw them into the harbor. The action was taken in protest of the Tea Act passed on May 10, 1773, which allowed the British East India Company to undersell tea in the colonies, to the detriment of colonial merchants.
October 17, 2013
After fighting to a stalemate during the First Battle of Saratoga, the Continental Army won a crucial victory at the Second Battle of Saratoga on October 7, 1777. Ten days later, British General Burgoyne surrendered his army of 6,000, the first large-scale surrender of British forces in the Revolutionary War.
October 7, 2013
In October 1780, during the the American Revolutionary War, British Army officer General Lord Cornwallis sought to invade North Carolina. Major Patrick Ferguson was sent to North Carolina to recruit loyalist militia, stopping in rural York Country, South Carolina. The newly organized Loyalist militia was met with strong opposition by frontiersmen under Colonel William Campbell of Virginia, who defeated the Loyalist forces on Kings Mountain.
September 19, 2013
Today in History: The First Battle of Saratoga, featuring Benedict Arnold and Horatio Gates begins in 1777
On September 19, 1777, the Continental Army led by General Horatio Gates and his second in command, General Benedict Arnold, fought General John Burgoyne’s British Army in the First Battle of Saratoga. The battle, also known as the Battle of Freeman’s Farm, is notable for Benedict Arnold and Gates’ heated arguments over the merits of approaching the British position. Benedict Arnold was relieved of his command after the battle, and … Read more »
September 10, 2013
On September 10, 1776, General George Washington sought volunteers to gather intelligence about the British military behind enemy lines. Captain Nathan Hale agreed to serve as a spy and undertook a reconnaissance mission for two weeks before he was captured and executed by the British.
September 5, 2013
On September 5, 1774, the 56 delegates of the First Continental Congress met for the first time in Philadelphia to protest Great Britain’s “Intolerable Acts,” which punished Massachusetts for the Boston Tea Party. The First Continental Congress ultimately resolved to boycott British trade, moving the colonies one step closer to independence.
September 3, 2013
On September 3, 1783, representatives from the United States and Great Britain signed the Treaty of Paris, bringing an end to the eight-year Revolutionary War upon ratification. The treaty officially recognized the 13 colonies as free, sovereign, and independent states, with the British Crown relinquishing all claims to the territory.
July 9, 2013
By Anne Continetti
Course | US History, US Government (AP or non-AP), Civics, Grades 11–12
Length | This lesson is designed for a 60-minute class period. Extension activities are included at the end of the lesson.
July 8, 2013
Now that you have had a chance to unwind from the Fourth of July weekend, consider some common misconceptions about the holiday. While students across America learn about the importance of Independence Day, there are many myths surrounding America’s independence. In an interview with NPR, Ray Raphael, author of Founding Myths, helps to debunk the myths about the Fourth of July.
July 5, 2013
Thanks to decades of research, we can now catch a glimpse of soldiers who fought in the Revolutionary War. Joe Bauman has dedicated his career to collecting daguerreotypes of Revolutionary War veterans.
While the science of photography did not become widespread until the 1850s, the possibility that some Revolutionary War soldiers lived into their 80’s offered hope to Bauman that records of early patriots may exist.