By bella sherman
Colonists, before the
revolutionary war, had always thought of themselves as British. They continued to think this until
they began to notice the setbacks that were put on them by the king of England. The king began
putting unfair taxes like the Stamp act on the colonist and was treating them unfairly compared
to those of England. The colonists were not a fan of this and began thinking of ways to rebel or
compromise with the king. Examples of this is the Boston tea party of December 16, 1773.
These rebellions succeeded to a degree, but weren’t enough to change the taxes or how they
were treated. This made the Colonist angry because they saw themselves as part of the british
empire, but weren’t being treated equal. Through this they began to think that instead of asking
the King for change, they create their own change by wanting an independent state. The first
person to think of America as America was Benjamin Franklin. Other people also agreed to this
and they began thinking of ways to fight back. However British General Gage had a secret plan.
He planned to send his army over to Lexington, where they would capture leaders Sam Adams
and John Hancock and then go to Concord where they would seize gunpowder. However
American spies were able to leak this information to the Patriots. Men such as Paul Revere,
William Dawes, and Samuel Prescott, took horses and warn the countrysides that the British
were coming. As the word spread the men got and prepare for the british to come. The
Americans were able to put a hold against the British in Lexington and Concord. This was the
first big win for the Americans on April 19, 1775, and helped them realize that maybe
independence wasn’t that far away, that maybe they did have a chance against the biggest
empire of the time.