The AmericanRevolution occured from 1775-1783 it began as a conflict between the colonistsand the british. Supposedly, there was an argument with a few colonists andPrivate Hugh White which angered the colonists and led to the Boston Massacre.The British government tried to control the colonies and raised taxes with TheStamp Act, Townshend Acts, Tea Act, etc. and caused the colonists to revolt sothere began the revolution. The Stamp Act, Navigation Acts, theProclamation of 1763, the Quartering Act, Townshend Acts and the CoerciveIntolerable Acts are some laws the british imposed on the colonists.
These lawsmade the colonists pay higher taxes for no reason basically just becauseBritain wanted control. The king at the time passed Proclamation of 1763 andprohibited settlements beyond the Appalachian Mountains. Colonists who hadalready settled there had to return east of the mountains. Lots of colonists felt that theydidnt have to pay for the taxes since it was passed by England and not theirown colonial government. They protested, tried to resist by boycotting and notbuying british goods. Some colonists showed frustration by dressing as Indiansand dumping tea to the sea (the boston tea party). Colonists even fought inwars and battles like lexington and concord.
They were fighting for theirrights. The first continental congress wasin september 1774 they met in Philadelphia to organize colonial resistance toparliaments acts. The second continental congress met a year after atPhiladelphia too. After battles were fought at lexington and concord the secondcontinental congress took action. They made an army, made appeals to GreatBritain, and also made George Washington head of th army they raised.
The first draft of the Declarationof Independence was done by Thomas Jefferson on june 11, 1776. The Declarationof Independence was signed to explain to other nations why the colonies hadchosen to seperate themselves from Great Britain. It was signed by many famouspeople at the time they were presidents and writers or were important.