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The Spirit of '76
"Arguably the most important year in American History, this quiz covers some of the people and events of 1776."
15 Points Per Correct Answer - No time limit
In March 1776, General Washington and his Continental Army had the British surrounded at Boston. Washington allowed the British to evacuate. Who was in command of the British forces?
France's contribution to 'The Glorious Cause' are well known. In the beginning their aid was covert. What was the name of the 'front company' the French created to provide money, arms, and supplies to the Continential Army?
Roderiguez and Company
Vergennes and Company
de Beaumarchais and Company
Hortalez and Company
The American Navy was almost nonexistent in 1776. John Paul Jones received his first command in May of that year. What ship did Jones first captain?
In June 1776, the British tried to establish a foothold in the South. In response, the Americans began to construct a fort in the harbor at Charleston, South Carolina. What was the name of this fort where the Battle of Charleston was fought?
On July 2, 1776, twelve of the thirteen colonial delegations voted for independence. Which delegation abstained?
In September 1776, General Washington needed to know what the British were planning from their position on Long Island. Nathan Hale, a captain in Knowlton's Rangers, volunteered to penetrate the British lines. What was Hale disguised as?
a fur trader
a Protestant minister
a Dutch school teacher
a merchant seaman
General Washington established the U.S. Cavalry in October 1776 under the command of Elisha Shelton. From what state did this first cavalry unit come?
Who wrote these words in a pamphlet called 'The Crisis' in December 1776, 'These are times that try men's souls...'?
On December 25, 1776, General Washington led his troops across this river and defeated the Hessian troops in the Battle of Trenton.
What was the name of General Washington's faithful regiment of Massachusetts mariners who had helped him escape from Brooklyn Heights and manned his boats at the Battle of Trenton?
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