Did you know? The first shots rang out in Lexington, Massachusetts on the morning of April 19, 1775. Over the course of the next seven years (1775-1781) with the help of a coalition of European powers, the Continental Army would fight for and realize independence from the British Empire . Angered over the fact that Britain was heavily taxing them but still refusing to give them any representation in the British Parliament, the thirteen colonies rallied behind the phrase, “no taxation without representation.” Congress overwhelmingly chose George Washington as commander and chief of the colonial armed forces. A major colonial victory at Yorktown, VA in 1781 marked the end of the brutal conflict. The signing of the Treaty of Paris officially ended the war in 1783. Approximately 231,000 men served in the Continental Army. An estimated 6,800 were killed in action.
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