Revolutionary War Facts

  • The first man shot in the Boston Massacre was a black man named Crispus Attucks.
  • About 5,000 African American men and boys fought in the war.
  • George Washington rarely had even 15,000 men under his command at a time.
  • Washington did not receive pay for his military service.
  • Benjamin Franklin was able to get foreign support from France, Spain and the Netherlands, which helped weaken the British.
  • British soldiers called redcoats because of the color of their uniforms.
  • The largest city in America in 1775 was Philadelphia.
  • Boston and New York were the next largest cities.
  • Farming was the main occupation in the colonies.
  • Only a small amount of people lived in the cities.
  • About one third of the colonial people supported the king and thought of themselves as Loyalists.
  • About 100,000 Loyalists fled to Canada, England, and the Bahamas.
  • Even though Cornwallis surrendered to the Americans at Yorktown in 1781, the fighting lasted for two more years until the Treaty of Paris was signed in 1783.



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