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Approval of the Declaration of Independence: The colonies declared independence from Great Britain (July 4, 1776).
Battle of Saratoga: This American victory was the turning point in the war and led to French support for the patriot cause.
Surrender at Yorktown: This was the colonial victory over forces of Lord Cornwallis that marked the end of the Revolutionary War.
Signing of the Treaty of Paris: Great Britain recognized American independence in this treaty.
Boston Massacre: Colonists in Boston were shot after taunting British soldiers.