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Every year Americans celebrate the Fourth of July with barbecues and fireworks to honor the birth of the nation. Much less attention is paid to the fact that the outcome of the Revolutionary War was an uncertainty during the signing of the Declaration of Independence. In the late eighteenth cen- tury, Great Britain was an economic and military superpower, with an estab- lished government and chain of command, and a manifest desire to rule the world. In 1776, there was no seat of government within the colonies, no mean to subsidize a standing army, and limited military training and muni- tions for the men who enlisted in the Continental Army. However, American colonists had a frontier spirit and an intimate knowledge of the land, an in- spired commander in chief in George Washington, and a profound belief in freedom and liberty that sustained them through the darkest hours of the war which led them to victory. At the outset, the British were expected to win the war as their military supplies far outmatched those of the Continental Army. They could dominate any battlefield due to superior numbers and their access to modern warfare technologies. However, unless British military men had fought in the Seven years war, the British did not know the terrain and there was only limited support from local citizens who remained loyal to the Crown. By contrast, the Continental Army had significant support from the local communities as most, but not all of the colonists, supported the quest for independence. Americans were accustomed to life on the frontier and knew the geographi- cal topography, which gave the Continental Army a superior advantage. Al-
though comparatively their military force was no match for the British army, the Continental Army had fought alongside the British and understood their military tactics. More importantly, they had learned guerrilla tactics from

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