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The colonies are ready to fight for their independence against the British. But what happens if the British start defeating the colonial forces?

Washington and The Revolution

Geoge Washington used to fight for the British, before the American Revolution. So what convinced him to lead the Continental Army?

Washington's Allegiance

The British Leaders

The British had some very talented, high-ranking officers who fought against Washington's army, including William Howe and Charles Cornwallis.

Washington's Opponents

The Hessians

The British didn't fight alone - they relied on the help of paid German soldiers, known as the Heassians. The Hessains were led by Johann Gottlieb Rahl. 

The Hessians

Washington's Trunk Plate

This trunk plate was purchased for George Washington in 1776, just before the Battles of Trenton and Princeton.

Explore the Trunk Plate

How do you think Washington felt at the start of the war?

Primary Source: the Declaration of Independence

The Declaration of Independence was signed in Philadelphia on July 2nd, 1776. Days later, it was read out loud to thousands of Continental soldiers in New York.

The Declaration

Primary Source: Thomas Paine (LoC)

Thomas Paine wrote his "American Crises," urging men to enlist to fight in the war. With his help, over 7,000 men had gathered to aid the Revolution.

Read the Pamphlet (Library of Congress)

Primary Source: Washington Crossing the Delaware

This famous painting is arguably one of the most recognized in American history, illustrating Washington crossing the Delaware River.

Explore the Painting

Watch The Winter Patriots

Learn the Battles of Princeton and Trenton with this 30 minute film!

The Winter Patriots Home

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