The Revolutionary War


Bay Academy


Class- 813 February 8, 2003


DBQ essay


Topic: Tell about the actions of the colonists in the New York State before and during the Revolutionary War.


The Revolutionary war started in April 18, 1775. Someone had spotted the British crossing the Charles River trying to get to Concord. Paul Revere spread the word of the British arrival. “The British are coming,” when the Minutemen found out they were quick to prepare for an attack. The battle in Lexington and Concord was the beginning of the Revolutionary War.


There were many causes of the Revolutionary War. One of the main causes was the Stamp Act and the Quartering Act. The stamp act made colonists pay taxes on items like newspapers, documents and playing cards because all these items had stamps. The Quartering Act asked for the colonists to give supplies food and a home for a few nights for the British soldiers. Many of the colonists didn’t like these Acts. After the Stamp Act was passed the colonists began to make riots. Delegates from nine colonies met in New York City to prepare a statement. This statement claimed that the Parliament couldn’t have these acts anymore because there were no representatives from other colonies in the British Parliament.


Not all colonists from New York wanted to separate from Great Britain. There were two kids of people during the Revolutionary War. There were the loyalists and there were the Patriots. Those who did not want to support independence from Great Britain were called Loyalists because they were loyal to the king. Those who wanted independence were the Patriots. Samuel Seabury was an Anglican minister in New York. “The British government is the best scheme of government,” Mr. Seabury was a loyalist; he supported the government and its ideas.


The Declaration of Independence was first read to George Washington’s army on July 9, 1776 in New York City. On the southern side of Manhattan there was a statue of King George III. When New York found out that Washington and his men had heard the big news they got really excited. The Declaration of Independence stated that the colonies would be free and independent. The colonists were so happy that they went to Bowling Green where the statue stood, they took the statue and made bullets out of it to fight the British.


The Revolutionary War ended with an American victory. It was not just an American, but it was a patriotic victory. The U.S. was now an independent country. The British had surrendered to the Americans during the Battle of Yorktown. General Cornwallis was the leader of the British troops; he surrendered on October 19, 1781.