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Tea Destroyed by Indians, broadside

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Print, [Britannia toe] Amer[eye]ca , May 6, 1778, M. Darly, Library of Congress

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engraving, A new display of the United States, 14 August 1799, Amos Doolittle, L

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The Declaration of Independence. NARA

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The Stamp Act of 1765 had colonists crying foul. Answer these questions about [...] »

Letter, Henry Clinton to John Burgoyne, August 10, 1777, Henry Clinton, Clements

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