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On September 3, 1783, the belligerent parties signed the Treaty of Paris in which Great Britain agreed to recognize the sovereignty of the United States and formally end the war.French involvement had proven decisive, but France made few gains and incurred crippling debts.
The Molasses Act of 1733 was especially egregious to the colonists, as a significant part of colonial trade relied on the product.
On July 2, 1776, the Continental Congress voted for independence, issuing its declaration on July 4.
Sir William Howe launched a British counter-offensive, capturing New York City and leaving American morale at a low ebb.
After 1765, growing philosophical and political differences strained the relationship between Great Britain and its colonies.
Following the Stamp Act, Patriot protests against taxation without representation escalated into boycotts, which culminated in 1773 with the Sons of Liberty destroying a shipment of tea in Boston Harbor.