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The Road to Independenc1

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The Road to Independence Rebellion that made a  new  nation The Franco-American alliance soon broadened the conflict. In June 1778 British ships  fired on French vessels, and the two countries went to war. In 1779 Spain, hoping to  reacquire territories taken by Britain in the Seven Years' War, entered the conflict on the  side of France, but not as an ally of the Americans. In 1780 Britain declared war on the  Dutch, who had continued to trade with the Americans. The combination of these  European powers, with France in the lead, was a far greater threat to Britain than the  American colonies standing alone. THE BRITISH MOVE SOUTH With the French now involved, the British, still believing that most Southerners were  Loyalists, stepped up their efforts in the Southern colonies. A campaign began in late  1778, with the capture of Savannah, Georgia. Shortly thereafter, British troops and naval 
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  • General Charles Cornwallis, American colonies standing, rebels.   South Carolinians, British supply lines., principal Southern port.

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