Europeans came to help fight for that freedom

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Europeans came to help fight for that freedom (Lafayette, von Steuben) People George III Put many taxes on the colonists and did not allow them to have representation in Parliament Sent soldiers to America Disbanded colonial legislature Ignored colonists petitions George Washington Commander of the Continental Army Held the army together Never surrendered - kept war going Burgoyne Came up with a plan to attack Albany from 3 directions to gain control of the Hudson River Ben Franklin He was in France trying to get them to help the Americans On the committee to help write the Declaration of Independence Lafayette From France Gave money from his personal fortune to the cause Was an officer in the American army Became very close to GW who considered him to be like a son Von Steuben From Prussia Provided American Army with drills, practice with the bayonet, pride, and discipline Benedict Arnold Good: His bravery at the Battle of Saratoga helped defeat Burgoyne’s army Bad: He tried to sell the plans of defense for West Point to the British Cornwallis British commander
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Surrendered at the Battle of Yorktown Dates April 19, 1775 – Battle of Lexington and Concord - beginning of the American Revolution July 4, 1776 – Declaration of Independence was approved October 19, 1781 - The Revolutionary War is considered over
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