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American Revolution - Origins, Fighting begins at Lexington: 1775, Patriots, Creating new state constitutions

(1765–88) The movement that destroyed the first British Empire, establishing the United States and, indirectly, Canada. A much larger event than the War of Independence (1775–83), the revolution developed from the issue of whether Parliament had the power to tax the North American colonies directly. But more was involved than constitutional dispute, and the Revolution left America a transformed place.

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