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The American Revolution in New York

Being a New York native, I thought I would make this blog post about the influence New York State had on the American Revolutionary War.

With the taxation of the colonies, the colonists were up in arms. They felt as though their rights as citizens of the British Empire were being encroached upon and they cried “No taxation without representation!” The introduction of a series of acts to tax the colonies (such as the Sugar Act, Currency Act, Stamp Act, Quartering Act of 1765, Tea Act, Townsend Revenue Act, Boston Non-Importation Agreement, and the Intolerable Acts) led to the events of the Boston Massacre, which left five men, including the African-American sailor Crispus Attucks, dead; as well as the Boston Tea Party, where members of the Sons of Liberty, such as Samuel Adams, disguised themselves as Native Americans and dumped tea into Boston Harbor to protest the tea tax. Despite these actions being the most famous, New York had its own pre-Revolution events that we did not learn…

After the French and Indian War

The French and Indian War

The French and Indian War was the name of the North American Theater of the Seven Years War, which took place from 1754 to 1763. In 1748, British legislators and elites in the Virginia territory vied for land speculation and settlement of the Ohio River Valley. The French liked the climate and began building forts in the area, such as Fort Duquesne and Fort Frontenac. However, the Native Americans had the Ohio River Valley by right of conquest, and so tensions between the French, British, and Native Americans competing for land and trading claims in the Ohio River Valley grew between 1752 and 1753 as each group wanted control of the land. Minor skirmishes, mostly occurring in rural areas, ensued. From November to December of 1753, a 21-year-old George Washington surveyed the land in the Ohio River Valley and carried Virginia’s ultimatum over French encroachment to Captain Legardeur de Saint-Pierre at Riviere aux Boefs, where the ultimatum is rejected.

After a series of battles in what…