25 Things About The Revolutionary War You Might Not Know

Posted by , Updated on November 23, 2022

Although you’ve probably read the basics about the Revolutionary War back in school, there’s a lot more to it than what you thought. These are 25 Things About The Revolutionary War You Might Not Know.



Between 1650 and 1770 the economy of British North America (today the United States) grew 25 times

increaseSource: wikipedia, Image: pixabay

Because of this the colonists may have had the highest standard of living in the western world

goldSource: mountvernon.org, Image: pixabay

This colonial wealth eventually led to the tax related tensions with Britain and thereafter to the Revolution

taxSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia

There were actually two Boston Tea Parties with the one you know about being on December 16, 1773. The Bostonians repeated it, however, several months later on March 7, 1774

Boston Tea PartySource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia

The two events together cost the British $3 million (today's equivalent)

dollarsSource: factmonster.com, Image: pixabay

Benjamin Franklin actually wrote the first Declaration of Independence. Eventually, however, Thomas Jefferson was chosen to write the final draft

Benjamin FranklinSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia

John Adams successfully defended the British soldiers responsible for the Boston Massacre because he believed in the "right to counsel" and "protection of innocence"

Boston MassacreSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia

The first submarine attack in history took place in New York Harbor in 1776. The colonists attempted to attach gunpowder to the hull of the British ship HMS Eagle using a submersible they called The Turtle.

The TurtleSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia

At first George Washington was hesitant about enlisting black men into the continental army but when he heard they fought well at Bunker Hill he changed his mind.

British ArmySource: state.de.us, Image: wikipedia

The all black First Rhode Island Regiment consisted of 33 freedmen and 92 slaves who were guaranteed their freedom if they stuck out the war

Rhode IslandSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia

Unfortunately they were all wiped out in a British attack before the war ended

Revolutionary WarSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia

By 1779, however, 1 in 7 soldiers in the continental army were black

Continental ArmySource: history.com, Image: wikipedia

The continental army also had numerous women serving as cooks, nurses, and a few who even saw combat

Molly PitcherSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia

The most famous was Mary Ludwig Hays aka "Molly Pitcher" who replaced her injured husband at his cannon during the battle of Monmouth

Molly PitcherSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia

George Washington was one of the greatest spies/spymasters in American history.

George WashingtonSource: mountvernon.org, Image: wikipedia

Although he is now known for his legendary honesty, he was in fact a genius at deception and would constantly leak "information" to the British that made his army seem much stronger than it was

Valley ForgeSource: mountvernon.org, Image: wikipedia

By 1779 there were more Americans fighting in the British Army than in the Continental Army

George Washington crossing Potomac RiverSource: state.de.us, Image: wikipedia

Washington's army consisted of only 3,468 men in its entirety while nearly 8,000 Americans alone were in the British army

Colonial ArmySource: state.de.us, Image: wikipedia

In fact, nearly 1/3 of Americans opposed the Revolution

George Washington rallying troopsSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia

At Yorktown, the battle that won the war, the French outnumbered Americans almost 3 to 1 (they were both fighting the British)

Battle of YorktownSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia

Washington only had 11,000 men while the French had almost 30,000 along with nearly 40 ships

George WashingtonSource: factmonster.com, Image: wikipedia

Because King George III had vowed to continue fighting even after Yorktown, he ended up writing a letter of abdication when parliament objected to his plan

King George IIISource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia

He then withdrew his letter and consoled himself with the hope that Washington would become a dictator and the colonists would once again desire British rule

George WashingtonSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia

George Washington, however, surprised everybody (including King George III) when he stepped down in 1783 with these words to Congress - "Having now finished the work assigned to me...I retire from the great theatre of action"

George Washington resignationSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia

When King George heard about it he even gasped, "If he does that, sir, he will be the greatest man in the world."

King George IIISource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia

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