Student Activity

American War for Independence: Interactive Map

This interactive map follows the campaigns of the American Revolution from Lexington and Concord to Yorktown, and beyond to the Treaty of Paris. Students follow the movement of British and American troops through the Northern and Southern colonies, learn about decisions made by Generals and soldiers, and how the results of individual battles influenced the outcome of the war. The questions and links below can be used to guide inquiry and discussion of the interactive and this period of U.S. history.

Maps for 1775-1778: The Northern Phase of the War



  • Would you have joined the American Revolution? View the above video and based on your knowledge of the fighting that has taken place thus far in Massachusetts, construct a position statement declaring your support for or opposition to the war. 
  • Returning to the interactive map, provide two reasons for why the Continental Congress moved troops to Canada.
  • Why were the British considered the victors in Quebec?
  • Why were the British more successful than the Americans during the battles in the New York area?
  • Analyze the strategies of Generals Howe and Washington used at the Battle of Trenton to determine if you agree with the argument that the Americans won.
  • Why was geography/topography important to the Battle of Ticonderoga?
  • Why was the Battle of Saratoga significant to the recognition of the United States of America as a nation?
  • Why was the involvement of European nations significant to the Northern phase of the American Revolution?
Maps for 1778-1781: The Southern Phase of the War
The Treaty of Paris, 1783