What was the American Revolution?

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The American Revolution is otherwise known as the War for Independence. The British colonies in North American fought for their independence from Great Britain. The causes of this uncrowned can be found in the Declaration of Independence written primarily by Thomas Jefferson. The most notable of these causes is unfair taxation in the opinion of the colonists; also knowns as external taxation. They argued that they were not represented in the British Government known as the Parliament. One of the fundamental rights of all Englishmen, granted in the English Bill of Rights from 1689 was the concept of "no taxation without representation." They believed this was in violation. The British continued to place tax upon tax on the colonists because of the immense debt they had incurred from fighting France in four consecutive wars spanning roughly one hundred years fog possession of the continent of North America. The American Revolution was won by the American Colonists due to foreign help ultimately from France in 1781; the Treaty of Paris was signed two years later officially concluding the affair.
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The term “American Revolution” is generally used to refer to the rebellion and war that ended with the 13 British colonies in North America becoming an independent country, the United States of America.  The part of the American Revolution that was an actual war is said to have started with the Battles of Lexington and Concord in April of 1775 and to have ended with the Battle of Yorktown, which lasted for a few months and ended in October of 1781.  The part of the rebellion that did not include military action is said to have begun after the end of the French and Indian War, which ended in 1763.  This part lasted up through the beginning of the military phase of the rebellion.