So it was that the Seven Years War, a conflict between imperial Britain and France, kicked off a decade of mistrust, miscommunication, and misunderstanding between Britain and her American colonies. Some of the problems might have been resolved, but perhaps American independence was inevitable.

The war was long and trying, and with the support of France, the Continental Army succeeding in defeating the occupying British force.

But the War for Independence and the Revolution are different. The War was fought on the battlefield, the Revolution in the minds of men and women. So, what was the Revolution? What did it mean, and for whom?

What do you think? What was the American Revolution?