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American Revolutionary War

The American Revolutionary War (1775–1783), also known as the American War of Independence, was a war between Great Britain and its Thirteen Colonies in North America which declared independence in July 1776 as the United States of America.


  • American English: /əˈmɛrɪkən ˌrɛvəˈluːʃənɛri ˈwɔːr/
  • British English: /əˈmɛrɪkən rɛvəˈluːʃənəri wɔːr/


The term "American Revolutionary War" is derived from the American Revolution, which refers to the political upheaval during the last half of the 18th century in which the Thirteen Colonies in North America joined together to break from the British Empire, combining to become the United States of America. The word "revolutionary" is derived from the term "revolution," which comes from the Latin revolutio meaning "a turn around."

Related Terms

  • Continental Army: The army established by the Second Continental Congress to resist the British during the American Revolutionary War.
  • George Washington: The commander-in-chief of the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War and later the first President of the United States.
  • Declaration of Independence: The statement adopted by the Second Continental Congress meeting declaring the Thirteen Colonies a new nation, the United States of America, and no longer part of the British Empire.
  • Treaty of Paris (1783): The agreement that officially ended the American Revolutionary War and recognized the sovereignty of the United States over the territory bounded roughly by what is now Canada to the north, Florida to the south, and the Mississippi River to the west.

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