In North America in the 18th century, there were thirteen states called colonies which were ruled by the king of England . There was a war between America and England from 1775 until 1783 called the American War of Independence. The American settlers were known as colonists and were led by George Washington.
The british troops were known as 'redcoats'. They were not suited for war in the colonies as they could easily be spotted as targets.
America won this war and became a new country with its own government. The American rebels had been helped in the war by soldiers sent by the king of France.