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  American Revolution - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The American Revolution is the series of events, ideas, and changes that resulted in the political separation of thirteen colonies in North America from the British Empire and the creation of the United States of America.
The American Revolutionary War (1775–1783) was one part of the revolution, but the revolution began before the first shot was fired at Lexington and Concord and continued after the British surrender at Yorktown.
By 1776, the colonies had overthrown their existing government, closing courts and driving British agents and governors from their homes, and they had elected conventions and "legislatures" that existed outside of any legal framework— new constitutions were desperately needed in each colony to replace the superceded royal charters.
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 EH.Net Encyclopedia: Money in the American Colonies
The colony’s accrued balances in London were adequate to fund the redemption, and when redemption dates arrived in 1748 and 1764, the sums then due were paid in full, so the colony’s pledge was considered credible.
The colonies from New York to Virginia were buffered by their neighbors, and therefore issued no more than modest amounts of paper money until they were drawn into the French and Indian war, by which time their economies were large enough to temporarily absorb the issues.
The success of the middle colonies owes much to the simple fact that they did not exert themselves in war to the extent that their New England neighbors did, and that they were not permitted to freely issue bills of credit in peacetime.
www.eh.net /encyclopedia?article=michener.american.colonies.money   (12987 words)

 Thirteen Colonies - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Thirteen Colonies were 13 British colonies in North America, separately chartered and governed, that signed the Declaration of Independence in 1776 and formally broke with the Kingdom of Great Britain, leading to the American Revolutionary War and the establishment of the United States of America.
Other British North American possessions—the former French colony of Quebec and the colonies of Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island—remained loyal to the British Crown and much later were united as Canada.
Connecticut Colony - Delaware Colony - Province of Georgia - Province of Maryland - Province of Massachusetts Bay
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/13_colonies   (469 words)

 Amazon.com: Books: American Colonies (Penguin History of the United States)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Traditionally, coverage of "colonial America" is confined to the study of the thirteen English colonies of the eastern seaboard - a narrow focus that overlooks the vast scope of European involvement in North America, to say nothing of the diverse peoples who had occupied the continent for millennia before Christopher Columbus's historic voyage.
The canvas is immense, encompassing the Spanish settlements of the Southwest, the exploration of Canada, and the establishment of the plantation colonies in the West Indies, as well as the colonization of the Atlantic seaboard by nearly a half-dozen European countries.
American historians have truly brought their craft to a golden age of deep research, critical analysis and sound--yet astonishing--interpretation: Taylor's bibliography is a treasure chest of books I can't wait to read.
www.amazon.com /exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0670872822?v=glance   (2825 words)

 The History Place - Prelude to Revolution
The American colonists quickly unite in opposition, led by the most influential segments of colonial society - lawyers, publishers, land owners, ship builders and merchants - who are most affected by the Act, which is scheduled to go into effect on November 1.
The letter is sent to assemblies throughout the colonies and also instructs them on the methods the Massachusetts general court is using to oppose the Townshend Acts.
Colonial lawyers John Adams and Josiah Quincy successfully defend Captain Preston and six of his men, who are acquitted.
www.historyplace.com /unitedstates/revolution/rev-prel.htm   (2564 words)

 13 Originals
The history of the original 13 colonies is a tangled tale indeed.
Sir Richard Grenville led the fleet that brought them to the New World, the Governor of the colony was Master Ralph Lane and among the colonists was Walter Raleigh's confidant Thomas Harriot, author of "A Briefe and True Report of the New Found Land of Virginia", a chronicle of their adventure.
Rhode Island was the last of the 13 colonies to ratify the Federal Constitution and became a State in 1790.
www.timepage.org /spl/13colony.html   (3518 words)

 The Middle Colonies as the Birthplace of American Religious Pluralism - The Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries - ...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Pennsylvania’s Germantown Quaker Meeting in 1688 issued the first American antislavery proclamation, though it was not until the 1750s that leading Friends endorsed their reform wing’s campaign to end the traffic in human property.
One of the earliest efforts to assess the character of the Middle Colonies was that of J. Hector St. John de Crèvecoeur, a Frenchman who in the third quarter of the eighteenth century lived in New York and traveled frequently to Pennsylvania.
In his Letters from an American Farmer (1782), Crèvecoeur noted that when variant religious groups are mixed together, their zeal for specific church doctrines "will cool for want of fuel." Then, just as national characteristics become blurred, "in like manner, the strict modes of Christianity as practised in Europe are lost also.
www.nhc.rtp.nc.us:8080 /tserve/eighteen/ekeyinfo/midcol.htm   (3410 words)

 Documents from the Continental Congress and the Constitutional Convention, 1774-1789 - America During the Age of ...
American colonists responded to the Sugar Act and the Currency Act with protest.
Parliament's first direct tax on the American colonies, this act, like those passed in 1764, was enacted to raise money for Britain.
Throughout the colonies, a network of secret organizations known as the Sons of Liberty was created, aimed at intimidating the stamp agents who collected Parliament's taxes.
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 AMERICAN REVOLUTION PERSUADERS   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
It was a terrible war between the colonies of America and the country of England.
The Boston Massacre was an encounter on March 5, 1770, that was five years before the American Revolution between British troops and a group of citizens of Boston that were then in the Massachusetts Bay Colony.
The Stamp Act was an act introduced by the British prime minister George Grenville and passed by the British Parliament in 1765 as a means of raising revenue in the American colonies.
www.ctbw.com /jones.htm   (606 words)

 Common-place: Review: American Colonies
They also affirm the enduring hold of an older vision of colonial history, for, as synecdoches, the figures of Pilgrims, Pocahontas, and patriots present a past that commences with the founding of Massachusetts and Virginia and culminates with the independence of the United States.
In addition to chapters on the Middle Colonies and the Carolinas, American Colonies ranges from Canada to the Caribbean and from the Atlantic to the Pacific.
Indeed, Taylor's text ends not, as almost all colonial American histories do, with a chapter on the coming of the Revolution, but with one that examines the expansion of various European empires to the West Coast of North America and to the islands of the Pacific Ocean.
www.common-place.org /vol-03/no-01/reviews/aron.shtml   (1023 words)

 Food in the 13 American Colonies
American colonists got their food from several places.
who grew wheat, barley, corn, tobacco, or rice hauled their crops to a town market, where the crops were sold to people in that town or to traders who would ship the goods to other colonies.
Still, farming is very much a way of life for many people today, just as it was for the American colonists.
www.socialstudiesforkids.com /articles/ushistory/13coloniesfood.htm   (271 words)

 American Colonies
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However, to ensure the economic survival of the colony, all faiths were accepted in Pennsylvania.
American colonies evolved from non-representative and elitist governments into a more democratic system, which is closer to the
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 Penn, William -> In the American Colonies on Encyclopedia.com 2002   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Penn became involved in the affairs of the American colonies when in 1675 he was appointed a trustee for Edward Byllynge, one of the two Quaker proprietors of West Jersey.
He also established the friendly relations with the Native Americans that were to distinguish the early history of Pennsylvania.
His own steward swindled him to such an extent that he was imprisoned (1707-8) for debt, and the continued difficulties of his colony and troubles concerning his eldest son caused him much grief.
www.encyclopedia.com /html/section/Penn-Wil_IntheAmericanColonies.asp   (679 words)

 Essay Depot - American Colonies
Pennsylvania also was founded for the sole purpose of religion, but unlike the other colonies, it began to increase toleration of religious diversity later on in the progression of its settlement.
Many colonies were founded upon diverse religions because their primary focus and purpose was to make money or to populate the country.
Also, the American colonies evolved from non-representative and elitist governments into a more democratic system, which is closer to the pure democracy of today.
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This course explores the history of the social, cultural, and political developments in the British North American colonies from the first contact between indigenous and colonizing cultures to the eve of the American Revolution.
Many of those problems remain central to the history of American life and culture -- the origins of slavery; the origins of capitalism, consumerism, and religious revivalism; as well as the future of indigenous peoples amid a migrating and colonizing people of European ancestry.
The writer of the book review during a given week will be responsible for making a brief oral presentation to the class on the thesis, methods, and sources, as well as his or her own evaluation of the book.
www.swarthmore.edu /SocSci/bdorsey1/41syl99.html   (1606 words)

 HistoryWiz: The Thirteen Colonies
By 1700 there were the thirteen colonies which became The United States and British possessions in Canada.
The colonies were sparsely populated compared to Europe and were made up mostly of small farmers (with a few large planters) and merchants who prided themselves on their independent spirit.
There was peace between the American Colonies and the mother country as long as Great Britain left them alone.
www.historywiz.com /colonies.htm   (254 words)

 AMERICAN COLONIES - Alan Taylor - Penguin Group (USA)
Transcending the usual Anglocentric version of our colonial past, he recovers the importance of Native American tribes, African slaves, and the rival empires of France, Spain, the Netherlands, and even Russia in the colonization of North America.
Moving beyond the Atlantic seaboard to examine the entire continent, American Colonies reveals a pivotal period in the global interaction of peoples, cultures, plants, animals, and microbes.
In a vivid narrative, Taylor draws upon cutting-edge scholarship to create a timely picture of the colonial world characterized by an interplay of freedom and slavery, opportunity and loss.
www.penguinputnam.com /nf/Book/BookDisplay/0,,0_0142002100,00.html   (154 words)

 Early American Colonies: Politics & Economics
Some Americans viewed the mercantilist laws as excessive and were sometimes ignored.
James II responded by removing New England's charter in 1688 and establishing the Dominion of New England, a royal province that ignored previous land grants and outlawed town meetings.
In fact, the assemblies were elitist rather than democratic, with rich men standing for office, though most property-owning men had the right to vote.
www.polytechnic.org /faculty/gfeldmeth/lec.col2.html   (558 words)

 AllRefer.com - William Bradford, 1663–1752, British printer in the American colonies (Libraries, Books, And ...
William Bradford 1663–1752, British pioneer printer in the American colonies.
He added a bookstore in 1688 and was in 1690 one of the founders of the first paper mill in the colonies.
He was arrested for printing a pamphlet critical of the Quaker government; his trial, at which no verdict was reached, was probably the first in the United States involving freedom of the press.
reference.allrefer.com /encyclopedia/B/Bradfd1663.html   (331 words)

 Multnomah County Library Homework Center - American History - Homework Center - Multnomah County Library
John Robinson, pastor of the Pilgrims church in Leyden, wrote this farewell letter, which was read by John Carver to the Pilgrims gathered aboard the Mayflower just prior to their first attempted departure on August 5, 1620.
Early American historical documents, firsts, biographies, and milestone events, including The Whiskey Rebellion, the Declaration of Arms, the Paris Peace Treaty of 1783, the Northwest Ordinance, and Jays Treaty.
This PBS American Experience site presents the story of the tens of thousands of teens who lived on the road in America during the Depression.
www.multcolib.org /homework/amhsthc.html   (4440 words)

 Life in the American Colonies
Explain to students that colonialism is a system in which a nation controls the land and people of another nation or area, usually by force.
A colony is usually governed by the ruling nation and is used as a source of wealth.
Describe how the conquest of Native Americans and the Spanish colonization of the Caribbean and Latin American regions pushed other European nations to establish their own colonies.
www.eduplace.com /ss/hmss/7/unit/act8.2.html   (662 words)

 American Colonies
We have some books on the original colonies in the library (your teacher has a list); do a keyword search OR subject search for "colony" or for the specific colony you are researching.
Information about the beginning of newspapers in the colonies, beginning with the first one published in 1690 (Benjamin Harris' Publick Occurrences), which lasted only one issue before being suppressed.
- The story describes a violent episode during Colonial America, and the history was written by a descendant of massacre victims, not a historian.
www.colegiobolivar.edu.co /library/american_colonies.htm   (962 words)

 The 13 American Colonies Part 1: Coming to America
English colonies sprang up all along the Atlantic coast, from Maine in the north to Georgia in the south.
Swedish and Dutch colonies took shape in and around what is now New York.
England won the war and got control of Canada, as well as keeping control of all the English colonies.
www.socialstudiesforkids.com /articles/ushistory/13colonies1.htm   (211 words)

 William Penn, founder of Pennsylvania: In the American Colonies
William Penn, founder of Pennsylvania: In the American Colonies
Penn's friendship with James II led to his being accused of treason after that king's deposition (1688), and his colony was briefly (1692–94) annexed to New York.
His own steward swindled him to such an extent that he was imprisoned (1707–8) for debt, and the continued difficulties of his colony and troubles concerning his eldest son caused him much grief.
www.factmonster.com /ce6/people/A0860289.html   (322 words)

A Colonial Family and Community - Be a history detective.
Go back in time and investigate the daily lives of the Daggetts, a colonial family from northeastern Connecticut.
Colonial Currency - Click on a subheading to view the currency from a state/colony.
edtech.kennesaw.edu /web/coloniz.html   (374 words)

 American Timeline: Colonization   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
By 1750, the Southern Colonies had the most land settled.
Originally headed for Virginia, the Pilgrims were set off-course by storms and settled in Plymouth, Massachusetts.
The Middle Colonies grew between the 1600s and 1700s when thousands more people from Europe came to find a new way of life.
www.fcps.k12.va.us /OakViewES/harris/97-98/america/colonization   (140 words)

 academic american encyclopedia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Encyclopedia of the North American colonies -- Encyclopedia of the North American Colonies edited by Jacob Ernest Cooke
Encyclopedia of the North American Colonies, edited by Jacob Ernest Cooke.
This unique, well-organized and well documented work is an essential source about African American education that fills a noticeable gap in resources in......(Continue Reading)
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