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William Turner Jr. HY2000 – American History Unit I Journal When it comes to the American colonies and the way they protected themselves, I believe they only had the option of a militia over a standing army in the beginning. The colonies were economically poor and, in no way, able to support a standing army as every colony had to create their own militia. Furthermore, there was no standardized company size, also referred to as a trainband. A trainband was the basic tactical unit in a colony. They varied widely from sizes as small as 65 to nearly 200 men in a trainband. Although a militia was not the best means of protection, it was the only protection. The Militiamen consisted of a wide range of ages who had to provide their own weapons. Initially, they were armed like the European soldiers, consisting of

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