This is the story of how the American colonies went from dependence to independence. It details the taxes, tea parties and events that led to the revolution as well as the ties the colonies had to Britain. The book explains how many Americans came to see themselves as an independent people with a unique character. In addition, the British and Loyalist viewpoint is highlighted. The roles of George Washington, Ben Franklin, Sam Adams, and Paul Revere are all discussed as well as that of British officials, Quakers, and Native Americans. The major events such as the Stamp Act, Boston Massacre, Boston Tea Party, and the first shots at Lexington and Concord are explained along with the personal stories of those thrust into the historic events. This book covers a hundred years of history in Colonial America. The influence of England, France, and Spain on the continent during this period is discussed. How the events in Colonial America impacted each region, religious group, and all people living in America are also highlighted.