Notes 9/20/16 History 190
Minnesota State University, Mankato
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Date Created: 10/07/16
History 190 Lecture 9/20/16 TOWARD INDEPENDENCE Battle of (Bunker) Breed’s Hill: Americans had a British cannon sitting at the top of the hill, pointing at the British o Gage (Brit. Commander) decided to charge the hill, into the American position o American commander said don’t fire until they can “see the whites of their eyes” Said because they were low on ammunition Not accurate shooters Smokes up quickly o Charged again, shot down rd o Charged 3 time, all American’s were gone o 47% of British soldiers were killed or wounded Americans are reluctant revolutionaries Second Continental Congress met, and created the Olive Branch Petition o Petition was sent to G.B. saying they’re not asking for independence, but want them to back off o Appointed George Washington as general of the continental army because he was from the South, had experience, and was a good leader Thomas Paine: writer of “Common Sense” pamphlet. o consisted of all the points as to why/how the colonies were ready to declare independence. o He was a true radical o July 2 : declaration was approved o July 4 : everyone signs the declaration BIG QUESTION: why did American independence come through revolution instead of evolution? German Hessians were brought in by Britain to support the troops in stopping the “family quarrel” 2
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