The Colonies Move Toward Open Rebellion, 1773-1774
After the Boston Massacre and the repeal of most of the Townshend Duties (the duty on tea remained in force), a period of relative quiet descended on the British North American colonies. Even so, the crises of the past decade had created incompatible mindsets on opposite sides of the Atlantic.
First Shots of War, 1775
For some months, people in the colonies had been gathering arms and powder and had been training to fight the British, if necessary, at a moment's notice.
Creating a Continental Army
According to Washington's aide Alexander Hamilton, the military strategy the General would pursue throughout the Revolutionary War would be to preserve a good army, to take advantage of favorable opportunities, and waste and defeat the enemy by piecemeal.
Revolutionary War: Northern Front, 1775-1777
In the first eighteen months of armed conflict with the British (the conflict would not become a "war for independence" until July 4, 1776), Washington had begun to create an army and forced the British army in Boston to evacuate that city in March 1776.