The Revolutionary War was a war unlike any other—one of ideas and ideals, that shaped “the course of human events.” With 165 principal engagements from 1775-1783, the Revolutionary War was the catalyst for American independence. Our inalienable rights, as laid out in the Declaration of Independence, were secured by George Washington and his army at the Siege of Boston, the American victory at Princeton, and the stunning British surrender at Yorktown. Explore the battlefields and personalities from this pivotal time in American history.
On April 19, 1775, a group of determined Americans stared down the red-coated regulars of the British army in Lexington, Massachusetts. A shot was fired, igniting a global conflict that pitted the world's mightiest nation against one of her colonies. The subsequent war spanned eight years and resulted in the establishment of a new nation, the United States of America. Now, watch the conflict unfold in this animated map produced with our partners at Wide Awake Films. Follow the key events of Revolutionary War from the shot heard round the world to the Treaty of Paris. Watch the Animated Map
Though just 20 years old when the Revolutionary War began, Alexander Hamilton played a prominent role in the war that created America. From his days as an artillery officer, to the key role he played as a member of George Washington's staff, and to the storming of the British defenses at Yorktown, Hamilton made a name for himself long before he became the subject of an award-winning Broadway musical. Explore our collection of Hamilton-related content. Learn more