That we didn't even truly have our independence until 1783 and not 1776 like most people seem to remember.
The Treaty of Paris folks:
Yes indeed, 9 years of bloody warfare, many battles of which are lost to most Americans' memory.
"Liberty's too precious a thing to be buried in books...Men should hold it up in front of them every single day of their lives and say: 'I'm free to think and to speak. My ancestors couldn't. I can. And my children will."