Chess sets from the Revolutionary War era
This themed chess set takes the history fan back in time when the USA was digging in its heels against the British and declaring their independence, which led to an armed conflict.
This war arose when many Americans resisted taxes being imposed by the British Parliament, declaring it unconstitutional.
Their resistance intensified into boycotting, resulting in the destruction of a large tea shipment in December 1773, aka, the Boston Tea Party.
British leaders closed the port of Boston hoping to eliminate self-government.
Patriots established a shadow government to take control of the province just outside of Boston. In April 1775 the battles of Lexington and Concord began near Boston.
The Continental Congress put General George Washington (our first president) in charge to form an able-bodied civilian army to surround British forces in Boston, pushing them finally to leave the city in March 1776. The usual U.S. term for this war is War of American Independence.
On July 4, 1776, the Declaration of Independence, drafted by Thomas Jefferson, was adopted by the Continental Congress. From that day to the present, Independence Day is celebrated nationwide on the Fourth of July; however, the American colonies did not win complete independence until 1883.