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Sep 28th 2009 America’s war aims o Transform the consensus of the 1760s favoring loyal resistance into a coalition supporting independence. They were not just fighting the British, they fought for independence. o Gain international recognition and aid, particularly from France. o Military: avoid losing battles decisively.
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Unformatted text preview: Why England failed o Mistake assumption: big army = quick victory? o Bad strategy: a conventional approach to an unconventional war. More line civil war in the south (loyalists against patriots) o Underestimating the colonial commitment to fight: Military victory = political victory?...
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