THE REVOLUTIONARY WAR - THE REVOLUTIONARY WAR OPENING EVENTS Lexington Concord Bunker Hill June 1775 Occupation of New York New Jersey July-November

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THE REVOLUTIONARY WAR OPENING EVENTS Lexington & Concord Bunker Hill, June 1775 Occupation of New York & New Jersey, July-November 1776 THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE, JULY 1776 Independence becomes the objective The influence of Locke Natural Rights Consent of governed The king violated the contract STRATEGIES British Isolate New England Identify and unify the Loyalist “majority” American General Washington Organize, maintain, and preserve a standing Continental Army Fight, but avoid “general actions” Militias Maintain order in areas outside British control Convert or silence Loyalist opposition CRITICAL BATTLES Trenton & Princeton, December 1776 Washington’s Crossing Rallied American spirits at a desperate time Saratoga. . . The Turning Point British campaign to isolate New England Surprising American victory Franco-American alliance (1778) The war goes global “the times that try men’s souls” Thomas Paine “The American Crisis”

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