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Definition: The securing of independence from Great Britain by the people of the 13 Colonies. Calling themselves the United States of America, these people wrote a Declaration of Independence, defied the authority of their mother country, and ended up winning a war to protect that independence. The Revolution certainly ended with the victory in the Revolutionar War; however, the Revolution began long before that, maybe even with the settlement in America (far away from England) of people who wanted to govern themselves and who wanted to have a direct say in the way they were governed.

Related Resources:
Colonial Times
An examination of life in the 18th Century and how it led to the Revolution.

Elsewhere on the Web:
LIBERTY! The American Revolution
This site from PBS gives you in-depth coverage of how the Americans went from colonists to revolutionaries.

Origins of the Revolution
See how it all began in this series of fun, interesting stories. You can even take a quiz to reinforce what you learned!

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