- 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.
Washington rarely had even 15,000 men under his command at a time.
- Washington did
not receive pay for his military service.
Franklin was able to get foreign support from France, Spain and the
Netherlands, which helped weaken the 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
- 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