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Lexington and Concord
sites where the first two battles of the Revolutionary War occurred
The Olive Branch Petition
Plea by the American colonists to King George III in 1775 that he halt the fighting
“Hessians"
hired paid German soldiers
"Minute Men"
American colonists who were soldiers that could be ready to fight in a minute
Declaration of the Causes and Necessity of Taking Up Arms
acts that declared the colonists had a right to weaponry to protect themselves
Valley Forge
the place where George Washington and his men wintered
Battle of Breeds Hill
Revolutionary War battle in 1775 north of Boston
Battle of Yorktown
Revolutionary War battle in 1781 in Virginia that ended in a decisive American victory
Peace of Paris, 1783
formally ended the war with the American colonies
The Articles of Confederation
Plan that established, in 1781, a limited national government in the United States, later replaced by the Constitution of the United States
Land Ordinance of 1785
Law passed by Congress that allowed for sales of land in the Northwest Territory
and set up standards for land sale that became precedents.
Northwest Ordinance of 1787
Laws passed by Congress that abolished slavery in the new Northwestern colonies and set up rules and regulations
The Constitutional Convention
convention that met in Philadelphia in 1787 to draft the Constitution of the United States
Shay’s Rebellion
An uprising against taxes in Massachusetts in 1786 and 1787