American Revolutionary War
The American Revolutionary War was fought from 1775 to 1783 between thirteen colonies in North America and Great Britain. These colonies began the war as colonies of Great Britain. Increasingly, some colonists in North America became dissatisfied with British policies such as taxation without representation and British military presence in the colonies. However, not all colonists supported the war efforts; some supported Great Britain, and many others were neutral.
The war begins
The first battles of the war were the Battles of Lexington and Concord on April 19, 1775. These were fought near the city of Boston, Massachusetts.
The war ends
After a devastating military defeat at the Siege of Yorktown in 1781, England realized it could not win the war. Although fighting was effectively over by 1782, the war did not formally end until the 1783 signing of the Treaty of Paris.