Ethan Allen was a founding father of the state of Vermont. Born on the Connecticut frontier, his conflicts with the puritanical church and desire for advancement led him to land speculation in the New Hampshire Grants. A series of legal challenges by New York for the land led to the formation of the Green Mountain Boys. Allen, as leader, drove many New York settlers out of those lands When the Revolution began, Allen helped capture Fort Ticonderoga and in 1775 led an attack on Montreal that failed. He was captured and held prisoner for three years. By the time Allen was released, the Grants citizens declared their independence as the Vermont Republic. Allen was a farmer, author and land speculator. His book Reason foreshadowed the Transcendentalism movement.
The Revolutionary War was fought from 1775 to 1783. It began as a revolt of the colonies against what they believed was unfair taxation. While it started as a conflict between Great Britain and the thirteen American colonies, it soon became a global conflict. France actively sided with the colonies, and the French naval fleet was instrumental in defeating the British at Yorktown. Holland supplied the colonies weapons, while Spain supplied funding and diverted British forces by fighting on a second front and winning back Spanish forts in Florida that they lost during the Seven Years War. No independent country sided with Great Britain, but Britain employed German mercenaries, known as Hessians.
This Ethan Allen history mug is part of our Revolutionary War series which includes many of the notable figures who played major roles during this conflict.
The biographical History Mugs were created to teach and inspire individuals to learn about our diverse and interesting history. The biographies were researched and written by history enthusiast, Robert Compton. He colorized most of the historic photos and images used on the mugs, which were originally black and white or sepia-tone. The images and biographies are imprinted on mugs at his studio in rural Vermont.
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