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The War for IndependenceThe Opposing SidesCOLONIALBRITISHFighting on home groundWell-trained, well-supplied army and navyGood decisions by generalsWealthy nation with substantial resourcesFighting for rights and freedoms, stronger motivationStrong central governmentFrench alliance providing loans, naval support, and troops$$Time: the longer the war dragged on, the more likely the British were able to give upLarge armyGWExperienceStrategy- defensive warTactic-Guerilla warfareBritish had to win quickly-Convince the colonies that their cause was useless-British had to make it safe to surrenderHowe’s Strategy-Sent large number of troops to capture New York, would separate New England fromsouth to demonstrate Americans could not win-Diplomacy, invited Continental Congress to a peace conference and promised that rebels who laid arms and swore loyalty would be pardonedBattles in the NorthBritish sent huge force to seize NYC, the Congress asks Washington to defend it British troops attacked them in summer of 1776 in Long Island-Many American soldiers fled, others were killed or wounded-Washington moved remaining troops from Manhattan Island to White Plains, NYWashington sent Captain Hale to spy on British, caught by British and hangedCrossing the DelawareOctober 1776- Battle of White Plains- British surprised GW by heading north to Philly,

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