• American Revolution



    adopted: accepted and put into action.

    alliance: an agreement between two or more nations to come together for special purposes.

    allies: groups of people who come together to help one another in times of trouble.

    boundaries: dividing lines.

    capital: the city that serves as the center

    of government for the state.

    citizens: people in a city, town, state, or country who enjoy the freedom to vote and participate in government decisions.

    colonies: groups of people who are ruled by another country.

    convinced: talked someone into doing something your way.

    Congress: the group of men and women in Washington, D. C. who are elected to make laws for the United States.

    constitution: a plan which outlines the duties of the government and guarantees the rights of the people.

    Continental Army: American troops that fought against Great Britain during the Revolutionary War.

    contribution: the act of giving to make something better.

    Declaration of Independence: the statement written by the 13 original colonies declaring their freedom from Great Britain.

    defeat: win victory over.

    delegates: people sent with power to represent others

    founded: started or established.

    Great Britain: an island, which is now known as the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. It includes England, Scotland, and Wales.

    harbor: sheltered area of water deep enough to provide ships a place to anchor.

    historians: people who study the past.

    invent: create something new.

    Loyalists: colonists who supported Great Britain during the Revolutionary War.

    militia: a group of men having some military training who are called upon only in emergencies.

    minister: a religious leader.

    naval: connected or belonging to the navy.

    New England: a region in the northeast corner of the United States that includes Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

    outnumbered: having more people on one side than the other.

    Patriots: colonists who supported the United States during the Revolutionary War.

    port: city or town located on water with an area for loading and unloading ships.

    privateers: private ships with weapons that are licensed to attack enemy ships.

    retreat: to back away.

    Revolutionary War: battle for independence between the English colonists in America and Great Britain.

    surrender give up.

    united: joined together for a common purpose.