The American Revolution started in 1776. It was rather hard, because some of the colonists were Loyalists, or they wouldn’t even fight in the war. The Patriots didn’t have much military training, experience, or money. It didn’t look very bright for the Patriots, but they had George Washington as their military leader. In 1777, the Patriots won against Britain, which caused France to become allies with the Americans. Because of this newly formed alliance, they now had more soldiers, food, supplies, and warships. This influenced Spain and the Netherlands to also give their support. They had a hard winter in 1777 at Valley Forge but they persevered through. In 1781, the Americans were able to get a British army to surrender at Yorktown, Virgina. Because of that, the British gave up in fighting back. This event is important because it is what caused America to become independent from Britain, and shows how hard they fought and wanted their independence.