April 19th 1775 – The Beginning of America

It was on this day in 1775 that the first shot of the American Revolution was fired at the battle of Lexington and Concord. A struggle that wold become a defining foundation of America, it’s constitution and its history.

What had been a revolution that started in America soon became a global war, with French, Spanish and Dutch troops fighting for the Patriots against the Loyalists and British. The independence of the 13 States was eventually won and Britain lost influence in America – a country that it had helped to found: Virginia being the first state, named after Elizabeth I – the virgin queen.

The outcome of the war was, primarily, the writing of the American Constitution – ironically this significant piece of legislature is itself based closely on the Magna Carta of 1215. The Constitution set out the rights for American citizens (if you were male and not a slave that is) and still the foundation of legal practice in the US today despite its many Amendments.

The war of Independence is now mandatory on the American syllabus – much as Shakespeare and the Tudors are in the UK. It forms the basis of the southern states patriotism (along with other factors of course) and inspires a similar reverence in some americans as the Battle of Britain or the Spanish Armada does in some Britons.

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