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Unformatted text preview: Committed to Revolution o Maybe 1/3 of population o Many joined the loyalist companies in the British army o Lost property and some physical persecution THE SOUTHERN THEATER New British Strategy Defend West Indies possessions Organize loyalist majority Begin reconquest from the South Captured Savannah (1778); Charleston (1780) Bloody Guerilla Warfare Nathaniel Greene Engage British army Restore social order Yorktown (1781) Combined American & French forces + French Navy = British surrender PEACE OF PARIS, 1783 The agreement that formally ended the war Made American independence a reality REASONS FOR THE AMERICAN VICTORY . . . What do you think? Geography- the size of and distance to America Failure of British military leadership Alliance of Americans with Britain’s European rivals American Commitment to Republican Ideology...
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