The American Revolution started in 1775. Sometimes known as the American War of Independence, the war began when the militia of the Massachusetts took up arms against the British on April 19, 1775, in the cities of Lexington and Concord.
Preceding the events of April, 1775, active resistance against the British manifested in such events as the Boston Tea Party in 1773 and earlier boycotts and protests.
In October 1774, the Battle of Point Pleasant, Virginia occurred. There has been dispute among historians whether this is considered a battle of the Revolutionary War or the result of Lord Dunmore's War.
When George Washington took charge of the colonial militias in 1776, the war escalated from a series of skirmishes into a full war for independence.