Essay about Continental Navy

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Continental Navy


Ronald Ennis


Acts of British Parliament in the 1760s that imposed taxes and import duties on the colonies increased the tension. American colonists reacted angrily to these tax measures, believing that it was unfair of Great Britain to subject them to taxation when the colonies had no representation in Parliament. The 13 colonies formed a Navy, they were to fight the most powerful Navy afloat the Royal Navy who’s ships numbered somewhere in the thousands.

Continental Navy

During the War of Independence, also known as the American Revolution and the Revolutionary war, was fought from 1775 to 1783 between Great Britain and the 13 British colonies in North America.
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The Congress did not call for independence from Great Britain. The war began in 1775 when General Gage tried to break up a Massachusetts militia group and seize its ammunition and supplies. On the evening of April 18, 1775, Gage ordered his troops to seize munitions at Concord. Militia messengers, including silversmith Paul Revere, he rode on horseback the 18 miles from Boston to Concord to warn the militia (U.S. Navy).
Militia forces met the redcoats in Lexington, and they exchanged fire. The British killed eight men and proceeded to Concord, where they again encountered militia companies. The British retreated to Boston after 273 redcoats were killed in the battle. The militia followed, laying siege to the city for almost one year. In early May 1775 colonial delegates met in Philadelphia for the Second Continental Congress. The New England militia was renamed the Continental Army, and George Washington, a Virginia plantation owner who had served in the French and Indian War, was named commander (Brodine, 2009). Threatening the disruption of the colonial trade and the destruction of coastal settlements on October 3, 1775 the continental congress received information about two unarmed English brigs, departing England bound for Quebec, which were carrying munitions for British troops (U.S. Navy). While waiting for congress to authorize a Navy George Washington took matters into his own hands by commanding

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