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.