The American Revolution

The American War was fought from 1776 to 1778 but the Revolution
occurred much before the war. John Adams best described the revolution
when he said:

But what do we mean by the American Revolution? Do we mean
the American war? The Revolution was effected before the war
commenced. The Revolution was in the minds and hearts of the
people...This radical change in the principles, opinions, sentiments,
and affections of the people, was the real American Revolution.

Thus, The American Revolution was fought to sustain a economic,
political and social order. In order to understand what The American Revolution was, we must first
look at some of the preexisting conditions of the colonies. The economy
of Colonial America were divided into three distinct parts: New England,
an area where the economy was predominately commerce; the South, an area
where cash crops were the major economic order; and the middle colonies,
a region that was a mix of both.