After Lexington and Concord,
independence immediately became an American war aim.
Congress rejected the "Olive Branch Petition" that was an effort at reconciliation with Britain.
the minutemen advanced on Montreal and Quebec.
people immediately viewed independence as a war aim, but it took Congress over a year to concur.
it took almost a year for independence to become a primary war aim.
E. Not until January 1776, with the publication of Common Sense, did independence become a publicly held war aim for most Americans.