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.
Then we had an uncivil war to end slavery, yet somehow, we didn’t end it. We just changed it a little bit and called it something else.
The rest, as we say, is history. Ugly, nasty history. I sure hope we have better luck in the future than we managed in the past because things aren’t looking so good.