Although the Revolutionary War was based on the premise of liberty and equality for suppressed American colonists, it was mainly influenced and fueled by geopolitical, economic, and political interests of European nations. After the French and Indian War Britain had the largest number of foreign colonies on the freshly discovered continent of North America. The amount of land claimed however was not as significant as the value that a territory brought back to the mother country. Mercantilistic policies demanding control of vital areas, as well as nationalistic rivalries between nations had already given way to several world wars between the dueling powers of Europe. Colonies in distant lands such as America were merely marionettes controlled and manipulated coincidentally into victory by the monarchs of the old world.
Entering the American Revolutionary War, the colonists possessed a keen desire and aspiration to have and keep their freedom. With determination the chaotic army of America strived toward victory. The British had the powers of money, numbers, and experience, but sometimes seemingly potent advantages have little effect on the determination of free will. Works Cited “American and British Strengths and Weaknesses.” U.S. History Online Textbook, 2011. Web.
The irregular and disorganized British rule of the American colonies in the previous years led to the outbreak of the Revolutionary War. Most Americans did not originally want to separate from mother England. They wanted to stay loyal to the crown. England’s unwillingness to compromise, mismanagement of the colonies, heavy taxation of the colonists that violated their rights, the distractions of foreign affairs and politics in England and the strict trading policies that England tried to enforce together made the revolution inevitable. The British were definitely expected to win the dispute because they significantly over powered the Colonists in most areas.
Was the American Victory Really a David vs. Goliath Story? Historians may argue that the British lost the war more than the Colonists won it. Simply looking at the statistics of the British three to one ratio over the colonists, and their overwhelming wealth and naval power, it is virtually impossible to believe that the Americans came out victorious. During this war, the newly emerging colonists proved to the rest of the world that they were becoming an upcoming world power. Although unknown at the time, Washington would prove to be a military genius.
Roles of Colonial Militia and Continental Army in Winning the Revolutionary War When the fighting at Lexington and Concord broke out in 1775, the conflict unleashed a flood of resentment that had been building over the right of the colonies to govern themselves. This conflict became a symbol of the American fight for "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness." As James Kirby Martin and Mark Edward Lender argue in A Respectable Army: The Military Origins of the Republic, 1763-1789, the patriotic mythology of a united people fighting the tyrannical British oppressors for basic human rights permeated historical thought about the American Revolution until recently and obscured the inner conflicts that nearly destroyed the rebel effort (4). Martin and Lender maintain that the colonists did not develop a sense of national identity until after the Revolutionary War and that the lack of interest among the colonists in fighting for their cause prompted the use of the Continental Army to win the war. The authors also clearly regard the colonial militia with a great deal of contempt and spend a considerable amount of time discrediting them as an effective fighting force.
To start, the Americans had a “home advantage” while the British were fairly far from their own homeland. Also, the Americans had much help from the French. The British, as well, did not take the Americans too seriously, let alone them fighting the Americans. This led to British military making many different mistakes. Lastly, the Americans pushed through victory because of having a big abundance of American Patriotism.
The American Revolution is one of the most significant wars in modern history. It was a war in which thirteen colonies fought against the mighty British military in order to become an independent nation. Before the start of the Revolutionary War, the Colonists were dissatisfied with Great Britain and its heavy taxes on the Colonists and sought to negotiate with Great Britain to lower their taxes and give them freedom. However, it soon turned into a Revolutionary War with the American colonies fighting for their independence, while Great Britain sought to keep their control over the American colonies. Several years later, the American colonies fought off the British and formed a new, independent nation, the United States of America.
What the British did to the colonists helped bring independence to the colonies from Britain rule. This war gave the colonists revenue that would not have been there without the need for products like guns and other important things that were used for the French and Indian War. It brought the realization that America could prosper without Britain controlling everything that was done. After these rough times, America fought for independence and resisted British control in America.
One would agree that the revolution war was inevitable, although it could have been prolonged for few more years had the king and his government handled the colonies issues in a considerably and reasonable manners. First, the people in the colonies always felt that the Great Britain perceived them as second-class citizen. This perception from American can be traced back by the harsh treatment of the British troops garrisoned in the colonies. The pompous royal troops intended to show their superiority and blatant arrogance towards the colonies in every chance they got. During the French Indian war, this treatment of the British regular could be confirmed by one incident in June 1755 when Edward Braddock a British General, who was about to take an expedition to capture Fort Duqu... ... middle of paper ... ...t eventually lead to the declearance of indipendence.
However, there was one battle that completely changed the rest of the war. The Battle of Saratoga was the major turning point of the American Revolution, which ultimately led the Americans to victory. Although the Americans seemed to be coming into this war as the underdogs, they did have a few advantages over the British. The Patriots were fighting for a cause, they truly wanted independence and to become a strong nation. Breaking away from being under British rule would prove that America could prosper, as its own country.