American Revolution

The struggle that freed the colonists from British Rule, the American Revolution took place from 1776 to 1781.

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How did Britain's blockade of the Boston harbor affect the trade in Boston?

𝗛𝗶𝘀𝘁𝗼𝗿𝘆 𝗔𝗯𝗼𝘂𝘁 𝗪𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗖𝗮𝘂𝘀𝗲𝗱 𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗕𝗹𝗼𝗰𝗸𝗮𝗱𝗲 𝗢𝗳 𝗕𝗼𝘀𝘁𝗼𝗻 𝗛𝗮𝗿𝗯𝗼𝗿

Let's start with what the blockade of the Boston Harbor is. The blockade of Boston Harbor is a law made by the parliament. The blockade of the Boston Harbor is one of The Coercive (Intolerable) Acts. The Coercive Acts was mainly caused by the Boston Tea Party. The Boston Tea Party is when 30 - 130 colonists dressed up as Indians and protested the tea taxes from the Townshend Acts. The colonists dumped 46 tons into the water. All because this happened the parliament put a Coercive Act.


Britain's blockade of the Boston Harbor affected the trade in Boston by isolating shipments from the Boston Harbor. Boston was now only relying on merchant trades to not perish. Merchant trades can not be fully relied on therefore it hurt Boston greatly.

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Declaration of Independence

How many people signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4 1776?

This is sort of a trick question. Most if not all of the founding fathers signed the declaration of independence on July 2nd. It was approved on July 4th but technically signed on the 4th of July 1776.

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What are the causes of the American Revolution of 1775-1783?

The citizens of the Thirteen Colonies, although British in many respects had begun to create a new and unique identity. They had a desire for land and slaves that was unconnected with their mother country. There was also the development of a more relaxed culture where the formalities that defined the interactions between British nobility were seen as overdone. Simplicity and practicality became dominant modes of thought. In many aspects such as war, trade, and law, much of authoritative power for these decisions came from a country far beyond the horizon. The British in Europe had no real idea about the productivity of America and the incredible proliferation of smuggling ships to get the most basic goods. Nor were they terribly aware of the brutal European-Native Conflicts all along the Appalachian Mountains. As to be expected from a far-off power, the British responses to discovering the extent of the smuggling and amount of violence on the Western frontier led to the British harshly curbing both. The effects of these restrictions affected much of the American elite, but few commoners save those isolated settlers in the far West.

As a result, many of the American elite who wished to take direct control of the future of their lands had to couch their move for dominance in American Affairs in language that could motivate the majority of British colonists to forsake their loyalty to the only sovereign they had ever known. They chose the taxes imposed on the American colonies after the Seven Years War (much of which was fought to protect American lives and territory). Even though these taxes were the lightest in the entire British Empire, the imposition of these new taxes was enough to begin a general trend to towards desiring American independence. Liberty, which today is construed politically (freedom of speech et al.), was originally purely economic and was the focus of this revolt. Interestingly, most of the major American cities south of Providence (New York, Philadelphia, Richmond, etc.) were Loyalist bastions and it was the countryside that responded most fiercely to this propaganda, likely due to the large relative effect that the taxes would have on them. Contrary to what is often taught, Americans did not dedicate themselves to fighting for any of the major rights in the Bill of Rights prior to the Revolution and many of those rights are a direct result of either the circumstances of the war (Amendment 3 - No Quartering of Soldiers) or were lifted from State Constitutions that existed in the colonial period (Amendment 8 - No Torture).

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Declaration of Independence

Who was the main author of the Declaration of Independence?

Although Thomas Jefferson is often credited as the sole writer of the document, the Declaration (1776) was a collaborative effort.

Jefferson was the one responsible for writing both the first and final draft. However, he was actually part of a committee appointed by the Second Continental Congress to write it. The other four members were Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, Robert R. Livingston and Roger Sherman, all of whom provided recommendations on the language of the document.

However, he was actually part of a committee appointed by the Second Continental Congress to write it. The other four members were Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, Robert R. Livingston and Roger Sherman, all of whom provided recommendations on the language of the document.

The US Constitution had a much wider authorship, with various sections provided by many of the Founding Fathers. The various suggestions and clauses were merged into a first draft by a "Committee of Detail" consisting of:

John Rutledge (SC)

Edmund Randolph (VA)

Nathaniel Gorham (MA)

Oliver Ellsworth (CT)

James Wilson (PA)

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What did the British flag look like during the American Revolution?

During the American Revolution, the British flag was the old union jack that had been designed for the navy of King James I of England and made the official flag of the Kingdom of Great Britain with the Acts of Union 1707. It was the Cross of St George, a red + cross on white, superimposed on the Cross of St Andrew, a white x cross on blue.

The old union jack differed from the current one, because it did not have the other crosses superimposed on the Cross of St Patrick, a red x cross on white, as the new one does.

There is a link below to an image of the Union Jack at the time of the American Revolution. For the purpose of comparison, there is also a link to the newer Union Jack.

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What does ruinous competition mean?

Prices in a market are generally set by the highest bidder and/or the cheapest provider. Imagine four apple juice providers. It costs each of them $1 to produce one gallon of apple juice. To make a living, each charges an additional 50 cents and sells it for $1.50. Another provider enters the market, doesn't understand his own costs, and sells for 90 cents. Everybody else has to compete, and they all go out of business.

Another form is when the fifth provider understands his costs perfectly but charges 90 cents anyway because he is confident that he can outlast his competitors. Once they go out of business, the demand is still high, he undersupplies the market and raises his price up $2.50/gallon where the diehard apple juice fans are still willing to pay.

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George Washington

What was George Washington's childhood like?

His father was a large land-owner with many slaves. so money was not a problem. However, his father was away on business much of the time and died when George was 11, so he did not have the full benefit of a loving father. He moved in with his older half-brother, Lawrence when he was 16. He mother was somewhat protective and demanding. Almost nothing is known about his schooling, but he obviously learned to read and write and do enough math to be a surveyor.

He grew up on a farm in VA and was a second son. He knew at an early age that he would have to work most of his life since his brother would inherit from their father. At 12 he tried to join the British navy as a ship's boy, but his mother pulled him off the ship. He did enlist in the British army as an officer in his early 20's and was an officer in the French and Indian War.

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What nation did the American colonists and allies fight against in the American Revolutionary War?

The American colonists were seeking independence from Great Britain. In order to have that independence, the American Revolutionary War was fought.

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How do you persuade a loyalist to become a patriot?

During the American Revolutionary War, the British did most of the work of turning Loyalists into Patriots.

The City of Charleston, Massachusetts, across the harbor from Boston, was a Loyalist stronghold. The British Army burned the town and abused the women. The men who escaped joined the American Army and fought against the British at the Battle of Bunker Hill. The Governor of New Hampshire had joined this. Thus by April of 1775, Massachusetts and New Hampshire opposed Great Britain.

The City of Norfolk, Virginia, was a Loyalist stronghold. The British Navy burned the town. The men who escaped joined the American Army. That turned Virginia against Great Britain on January 1, 1776.

Then the decree came down. In order to buy or sell anything, a person must have a permission slip in his hat band directly over his forehead or in his hand. Preachers made hay with that. It was "The Mark of the Beast" described in Revelation in the Bible. King George iii was the Antichrist. That turned the religious people against him. In 1776 the British lost the Religious people.

The people on the frontier were Loyalists. The British paid the Indians to fight for them. The Indians did not care which white people they killed. The frontiersmen changed sides. In 1776 the British lost the Frontiersmen.

Major Ferguson and Major Tarleton rode through Loyalist areas burning houses.

The religious people were Loyalists. In 1781, the British lost most of the remaining loyalists.

In 1783 General Greene had his army outside of Charleston, South Carolina. The British Army held the city with the navy anchored in the harbor. General Greene would not let the army send wagons into the countryside to purchase food. So the navy sailed to the sea islands and simply stole supplies. With that General Greene used the British Navy to destroy the last Loyalists in South Carolina.

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How did the quartering act affect the colonists during the revolutionary war?

The new Quartering Act allowed the army to quarter soldiers among civilians, if necessary. It basically gave soldiers the right to storm into a colonist's home and take over, demanding food, clothing, firearms, anything within the colonist's home.

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Paul Revere

What did Robert Newman do on April 18 1775?

He climbed into the steeple of the Old North Church and watched for British soldiers. If they advanced across land, Newman would display one lantern from the steeple. If the rowed across the Charled River, he would display two lanterns. Paul Revere and William Dawes saw two lights shine and set off on horseback to warn the colony

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Why did the british tax the colonists during the 1760's?

To pay for the British army that was protecting them.

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How did marquis de sade die?

The marquis de sade died his sleep at the age of 74 in a insane asylum. He was having a relationship with a 13 year old at the time.

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Thomas Jefferson
Declaration of Independence

What unalienable rights does the Declaration say people have?

All men are created equal, joe

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Colonial America

What is the significance of loyalists and tories?

Loyalists and tories provided crack/elite forces to the British. They also eroded American trust and support for independence. Tories were able to infiltrate American societies easily. Loyalists were armed like Americans, with long rifles able for sniping and special missions like the Americans used to success. The british used them poorly; the loyalists could have done much more.

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United Kingdom

Why are British called limey?

During the 18th and early 19th century, after long periods at sea, sailors were afflicted by a condition known as scurvy. It was eventually discovered that this condition was caused by a lack of vitamin C during long sea voyages. To cure the problem, British sailors were given a ration of limes. American sailors were amused by this and started calling the British sailors Limeys which quickly spread to British people in general.

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Colonial America

Who explored Ohio Valley?

Pierre-Joseph Celeron de Bienville (1693-1759) explored Ohio in 1749.

Christopher Gist explored Ohio for the British the next year and wrote about his visit.

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US Constitution

What was the purpose of Hamilton's program--to create a wealthy class and bind their loyalties to the national government or to build a strong and prosperous nation?

The constitution was created to build a strong and prosperous nation. Why do we need any additional programs? Just follow the constitution.

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History of India

Who is called father of Indian revolution?


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Jokes and Riddles

When should you stop on green and go on red?

When you're eating a watermelon!

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Golf Rules and Regulations

Can you obtain relief for gur in a bunker?

Yes, if a bunker is marked GUR you are entitled to a free drop. To do so, you remove your ball from the bunker, and from the nearest point of relief you are allowed one club length, you drop your ball and play.

If there is water in the bunker and there is no GUR marked you are allowed a free drop in the bunker, no nearer the hole. If you cannot get relief from the water you can either play it or you can take a penalty drop out of the bunker.

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How did Samuel Adams impact the revolutionary war?

Samuel Adams was a brilliant writer and he kept the colonies angry against Britain after the Stamp act. He put all his letters in a book called Letters from a Farmer in Pennsylvania

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What does convenes mean?

meet formally

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Germany in WW2

What role did sectionalism play in the nation during the Era of Good Feeling?

The Era of Good Feelings, Monroe's early presidency, witnessed an era of intense nationalism which almost wholly masked the sectional conflicts underneath. Although the overall sentiments were based on principle and patriotism, sectionalism did induce major events, and played an ominously momentous role: 1. In McCulloch vs. Maryland (1819), the ever omnipresent issue of states rights surfaced. Maryland wanted to defend its right to regulate the Bank of U.S. while the rich elite strove to defend their interests in the bank. In this judicial ruling, John Marshall the chief justice championed the rich and wealthy, along with Daniel Webster, John Quincy Adams, and other remnants of the obsolete Federalist Party. Meanwhile, the westerners and states' rights supporters championed Maryland, and began to oppose the Bank, thus giving rise to Andrew Jackson. 2. In Gibbons vs. Ogden, Marshall again ruled in favor of the commercial interests and rich classes. He directly gave Congress the power of interstate commerce and regulation rather than giving New York and states such broad powers. Again, Marshall ruled in line with former Federalists and commercial classes of the Northeast. The westerners and rural southerners, however, were angered at the decision and hence strongly supported Andrew Jackson or Henry Clay to curb Marshall.

The sectionalism in that time period was the argument of a States right to endorse slavery - or really the balance of power in congress between southern states and northern states. But the underlying issue was the souths fear of the rapid population grown in the north. The major sectionalism event during the era of good feelings was the Missouri crisis that led to the Missouri compromise - crafted by Henry Clay in 1820. The nationalism of that time period was the after effect of the war of 1812. It provided the USA with absolute independence. No other world power had influence over America. Also America became resource independent around that time period. Cities were growing and people all around America were becoming Americans.

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Battlefield Bad Company 2

How do you get the bayonet in bfbc2?

"it sopposely is sopposed to be available to veterans on a future patch or something."

You cant. they never added it tho they said they would. and now bf3 is coming out there is no hope for the m1 Bayonet :(


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