The American Revolutionary War, which began in 1775 and concluded in 1783, was a war that was fought between the Kingdom of Great Britain and the thirteen American colonies. In 1775 the colonist established the Second Continental Congress, which instituted an army for the Patriots. Then in 1776, the congress declared independence from Great Britain.
The British had an excellent naval force. So they were able to conquer and occupy many costal towns, but they had difficulty capturing areas that were more inland, which was where a huge majority of the population resided. Once the Americans had won the Battle of Saratoga in 1777, the French entered the war as an ally for the Patriots, which greatly effected the outcome of the war. If it wasn't for the French navy, there would not have been a victory at the Battle of Yorktown. The war ended with the signing of the Treaty of Paris, which recognized the independence of the new country.
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