And we finally come to the end, with #10

'Lexington and Bunker Hill'

This was the "shot that was heard around the world" as the minutemen fired for the first time on a British column and hounded them back to Boston, which in turn had to be abandoned shortly after when it was shelled from above. Bunker Hill was then a victory so costly that the British general in charge was heard to remark "any more victories like that and we will have lost". A few years later, after French intervention (the US has never been on the opposite side of a war to the French, as far as I'm aware), leading to American independence and indirectly to the Durham report on colonies and dependencies which did loosen the control of the British Empire over the dominioins (but not colonies) and finally to the Canadians being allowed the Canadian Preferential Tariff, the subject of perhaps the most moving poem ever written about an import duty in history.

The book, incidentally, was 'Ten Great Events in History' by James Johonnot, and is free on the Kindle. Not long, bizarre, and on the whole recommended. Worth the effort for the Battle of Leyden alone, really.

So, to summarise:
Defense of Freedom by Greek Valour - Thermopylae and Marathon
Crusades and the Crusaders
Defense of Freedom in the Alpine Passes - Battle of Morgarten (William Tell)
Bruce and Bannockburn
Columbus and the New World
Defense of Freedom on Dutch Dikes - Leyden
The Invincible Armada
Freedom's Voyage to America - Pilgrim Fathers
Plassey; And How An Empire Was Won
Lexington and Bunker Hill