Anonymous asked in Arts & HumanitiesHistory · 8 months ago

What was the main idea or sequence of the American Revolution???

What happened there? Who was killed? W

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  • 8 months ago

    It was roughly (very roughly) like this:

    King Charles III of the UK imposed some additional tax on imported tea into the colonies. The colonialists loved their tea, they were for the most part English by birth. So they were pissed when the taxes were imposed unilaterally without any chance to object to the additional taxes. You see, the colonies had no representation in England at the time.

    Some kids barely into their twenties objected, dressed up like Amerindians and dumped all the tea that was still sitting on the ship into the Boston Harbor. The tea company and Charles III were not happy about that.

    British redcoats (the military) were sent to Lexington to enforce a curfew there to keep more rowdy kids off the streets at night. One of the kids fired his musket at and killed a red coat from behind the door of his house. That was called "the shot that was heard around the world."

    That Lexington shot escalated into a full-fledge revolt against Charles III and England. One of the kids, 21 yo when he joined the colonial army, was name George Washington. I call them kids, because many if not most of the rebels were in their late teens and early twenties. Ben Franklin was an exception; he was in his late 60s early 70s. [See source.]

    Source(s): As it turns out, many Founding Fathers were less than 40 years old in 1776 with several qualifying as Founding Teenagers and Twentysomethings. And though the average age of the signers of the Declaration of Independence was 44, more than a dozen of them were 35 or younger!Aug 8, 2013
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