Lecture__7_-_The_Revolutionary_War_-_Outline - Lecture #7...

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Lecture #7 – The Revolutionary War I. Outbreak of War A. England felt compelled to fight Great Britain realized that to keep control of America, they would have to go to war. B. The British at War Britain’s advantages – Britain had the strongest army and navy in the world, they also had supplemented mercenaries, and a large portion of Americans remained loyal to the crown. Britain’s disadvantages – The warfront was geographically large with no clear-cut military target, many loyalists switched to the patriotic cause early in the war, and the Atlantic Ocean acted as a barrier for supplies and communication. C. Why the Americans Won 1. The failure of Britain’s economic strategy to cut off ports of major east coast trade centers, at first in Boston (called the Northern Strategy) Britain lost the Battle of Saratoga in 1777 and the Northern Strategy fails The Southern Strategy is put into play; they start in the southern cities and move north Battle of Yorktown in 1781 – George Washington prevails and this signifies the failure of the Southern Strategy 2. International financial support given to America (from France and Spain); this is in hopes of them gaining territory at the end of the war 3. International military support given to America; the French declare war on England (with the hopes of San Domain)
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