Glossary and Terms
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Articles of Confederation
- An agreement between the thirteen colonies to form a single government under the United States of America. It served as the country's first constitution.
- A blade attached to the end of a musket.
Bill of Rights
- The first ten amendments to the Constitution that guaranteed the rights of the individual.
- An area of land that is under the control of a country, but not fully part of the country.
- The group of thirteen states that united together.
- A set of documents and laws that define the government of a country.
- A group of delegates from each colony or state. It became the first governing body of the United States of America.
- The official army of the United States that was established by the Continental Congress.
Declaration of Independence
- A document which announced that the American colonies now considered themselves independent states and they would no longer answer to the authority of Great Britain.
- A type of government that is ruled directly by the people.
- A person who supported the adoption of the Constitution.
- A military force that is set to defend a fort or city.
- A type of bag or pack that soldiers used to carry their food.
- Soldiers from the German land of Hesse who came to fight in America.
- A branch of government that has the power to make laws.
- A person in America who stayed loyal to Britain and the king.
- Citizens who were prepared to fight. They held drills a few times a year and had their own weapons and gear.
- Part of the Massachusetts militia that was prepared to fight at a moment's notice.
- A government where the power and laws are made by a single person called a monarch or king.
- A smooth bore gun with a long barrel that fired lead balls.
- The main governing body of the British government.
- An American that wanted independence from Britain.
- A hollowed out horn with a cap used to carry gunpowder.
- A long thin rod that pushed gunpowder down the barrel of a musket.
- A nickname for the British soldiers taken from their bright red uniforms. They were also called lobster backs.
- A name that referred to British soldiers during the Revolutionary War.
- A type of democratic government where people elect officials to represent them.
- The overthrow of a government to establish a new system.
Sons of Liberty
- A group of patriots organized by Samuel Adams to protest the Stamp Act and other actions of the British government.
- A tax placed on the American colonies by the British government. It taxed all sorts of paper documents including newspapers, magazines, and legal documents.
- Another name for loyalists who supported the British government.
Treaty of Paris
- A treaty signed by both the United States and Britain that ended the Revolutionary War.
- When a large number of muskets is fired at once.
- Another name for the patriots who fought against the British government for independence.
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