When did the Revolutionary War start?
The Revolutionary War, also known as the American War of Independence, began on April 19, 1775, with the Battles of Lexington and Concord. These battles marked the first military engagements of the war between the 13 American colonies and Great Britain. Tensions between the colonies and Britain had been escalating for years, with issues such as taxation without representation and British control over colonial trade leading to increasing resentment and calls for independence. The war lasted until 1783, when the Treaty of Paris was signed, recognizing the independence of the United States and ending the conflict. The Revolutionary War played a significant role in shaping American history, and its legacy continues to be felt today.