Like most wars, our Revolutionary War was about money and land — pretty much like every war. The money part was about taxes — especially on tea, which was very big until America discovered coffee — and who should pay what to whom. Or if.
The Colonists (us) felt we should keep all our money for ourselves.
King George disagreed.
We offered to split the difference.
George said “Hell NO!” So we had a war.
France was pissed at England anyway, so they came here with warships and troops and beat up the British. We were supposed to pay them back, but we were broke, so we didn’t. Then everyone went home and despite a minor skirmish called “The War of 1812” when the British came back and burned down Washington DC, we survived.
100 years later (give or take a few decades), we had a lot of money, an economy, had finished killing each other off in our own Civil War (about which there was nothing civil) and had become a real country.
The rest is history.
Now, we seem to be going backwards. History is funny stuff. Not in a “ha ha” kind of way.