wife of Patriot and eventual president John Adams. She was a firm believer in women's rights.
formal agreement between two or more countries to support their common best interests, often in times of conflict or war
Battle of Brandywine
battle fought at Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, between the troops of General George Washington and British commander General William Howe. The British defeated the Americans and forced their retreat.
Battle of Kings Mountain
small-scale battle in South Carolina fought between Loyalist forces led by Major Patrick Ferguson and American Patriot militiamen led by Colonel William Campbell. The Patriot forces defeated the Loyalists.
Battle of Quebec
unsuccessful attempt led by Americans Benedict Arnold and Richard Montgomery to capture the Canadian city of Quebec
Battle of Trenton
surprise attack led by General George Washington on Hessian soldiers stationed in Trenton, New Jersey
Battles of Saratoga
two battles fought between British troops led by General John Burgoyne and American forces led by General Benedict Arnold and General Horatio Gates. The Saratoga conflicts ended with the surrender of Burgoyne and his troops.
American naval ship commanded by Captain John Paul Jones and named for Jones's mentor, Benjamin Franklin—author of Poor Richard's Almanack. The Bonhomme Richard is best known for its capture of the British ship Serapis.
French statesman who helped shape the alliance that brought France into the American Revolution as an ally of the Patriots
forced to move from one's original location. Displacement of Native Americans was a common effect of white settlement in North America.
First Rhode Island Regiment
mixed-race regiment of soldiers in the Continental Army that included several companies of African Americans led by white commanders. They fought at the Battle of Newport and the Siege of Yorktown and were known for their skill and bravery.
Friedrich Wilhelm von Steuben
German military leader who aided the Patriots in the American Revolution. He helped train the Continental Army during the winter at Valley Forge.
military action using small groups of soldiers to mount surprise attacks or sabotage against opposing forces
German soldiers from the region of Hesse. The British hired Hessians as mercenary soldiers to fight in the American Revolution.
professional soldiers paid to fight in a foreign war. The British paid Hessian soldiers to fight in their army.
Mercy Otis Warren
author of numerous satirical poems and plays that rallied Patriot support during the American Revolution
Siege of Yorktown
final major battle of the American Revolution, fought in Yorktown, Virginia. It was a decisive victory for the Patriots.
Treaty of Paris
formal agreement signed between the United States, Great Britain, and France in 1783 that ended the American Revolution
Continental Army’s winter encampment site from December 1777 to June 1778. It is located northwest of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.