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One of the first key elements that allowed the Americans colonies to succeed was that the British underestimated the strength, resolve and number of those who were in support of the rebellion. The British were under the assumption that support for the rebellion was limited to a small element and that a large number of people in colonies were loyal to the King. This could not have been less than true with only about 20 percent of the population being loyal. From a tactical standpoint, this was a great for the Americans. The British would severely underestimate the number of troops and resources needed in order to squash the rebels. Malaita played a major role in the early fight. These impromptu armies of local men were formed in order to fight the British in their own backyard. The men who served in these groups were familiar with the land on which they fought and knew the local population. Knowledge of the land was an essential element in fighting the trained British soldiers as it gave the rebels “home field advantage”. Knowing the locals was also beneficial, giving the militia first- hand knowledge of those homes which would provide assistance and those who may be loyal to the British. The French became the first American ally in the early stages of the revolution. The French were instrumental in assisting the newly founded American nation in forming a standing Army. The newly named Continental Army would be used as a force for fighting the British where the militia, usually bound to a particular colony left off. This Army would be led by George Washington. The Continental Army was comprised mostly of those whom came from

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