1776 – The American Revolution
On July 4, 1776, the Thirteen English colonies declared their independence. They no longer wanted to be ruled by Great Britain and war broke out between Great Britain and its colonies. This war was eventually won by the Thirteen Colonies which became the United States of America.
WHY DID THE THIRTEEN COLONIES GO TO WAR AGAINST GREAT BRITAIN?
The main reason: Great Britain wanted to make the British pay for the conquest of America by imposing taxes. The Thirteen Colonies did not want to pay these taxes. In Boston, instead of paying taxes on tea, the colonists decided to throw a ship’s cargo overboard. The event is known as the Boston Tea Party of 1773.
The American Revolution completely transformed North America. The new country, the United States of America, occupied the entire area between the Atlantic Ocean and the Mississippi River south of the Great Lakes. A large number of settlers wanted to leave the United States and remain loyal to Great Britain so they moved to what is now known as Canada. These people were called “Loyalists” because they were loyal to Great Britain. The relocation of Loyalists eventually led to many changes in Quebec.
Authpr: Léon Robichaud. RECITUS. Translated by LEARN.