Note: How Canadian government views American military actions in Canada in War of 1812 compared to how we view the Revolution
The american revolution
From 13 Colonies to One Nation
THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION
• Wanted independence
• Willing to fight for
Wanted to remain part
Were willing to fight to
remain tied to England
THREE MAJOR AMERICAN
OPINIONS GOING INTO THE WAR
Had no real opinion
Didn’t fight for either side
Over time, this group shrank
The British began sending soldiers
over to enforce their rules.
Paul Revere and friends rode out in
the middle of the night to warn
The first battles were in Lexington
and Concord, two towns in
Massachusetts. These battles actually
proceeded the Declaration of
Things did not go well for the
Americans at first.
America lost important battles like
the largest battle of the war, the
Battle of Brooklyn Heights.
American prisoners were placed on
boats during the war. Many died
when in prisons.
THE WAR’S BEGINNING
Saratoga was a month long fight between the British and the Americans.
America was losing at first, but over time enough Americans arrived and the
Americans won the battle.
Considered the turning point of the war.
France agreed to help America after the battle.
BATTLE OF SARATOGA
The Marquis de Lafayette (French)
became one of Washington’s major
German states and Spain also sent
assistance to the colonies after the
Battle of Saratoga.
Other European countries wanted
the chance to help beat England,
which was the most powerful
country in the world at the time.
Surprisingly, more battles occurred in South Carolina than in any other
Famous South Carolina Battles: Cowpens and King’s Mountain
Most of the fighting in South Carolina occurred between loyalists and
Francis Marion led his army in guerilla fighting with British soldiers.
BATTLE IN THE SOUTH
Americans learned to fight, and
specifically how to fight the British,
in the French-Indian War
Americans knew the land better than
Americans had other countries
Americans were farmers and hunters
The British were trained soldiers.
The British had the best equipped
The British hired German
mercenaries to help them
ADVANTAGES OF EACH SIDE
The British, led by Lord Cornwallis, surrendered at
the Battle of Yorktown. A French fleet blocked
their escape from the town, while the American
and French soldiers beat them in the battle.
BATTLE OF YORKTOWN