Revolutionary War Essay, Research Paper
U.S. History: Revolutionary War
I agree that the British did more to lose the Revolutionary War than the Americans did to win it.
A few things triggered the Revolutionary War between the British and the colonies (who were later joined by France and Spain). One of them were the Coercive Acts. The Coercive Acts included the Boston Port Bill, which closed down many Boston Ports until the bill for the ruined tea was paid and the Administration of Justice Act, which moved the trials of colonial merchants to Great Britain. If Great Britain had really wanted to win the Revolutionary War they would have signed the Olive Branch Petition, that the colonist sent saying that they wanted peace and that they wanted to stay in the empire. Instead the War started and in order to help themselves, Great Britain promised that every slave that fought on the side of the loyalist and if they won after the war they would be granted their freedom. Unfortunately for the British the slaves didn’t flock to join the loyalists. Another downside for the British is that many of their
officers didn’t even want to come to the colonies to fight what they though was a civil war. Being that many of the British soldiers? families or friends were in the colonies.
Another reason why I agree to the above statement is the fact that the royal navy was weak due to Budget cuts. Great Britain should not have made any budget cuts to their army because it helped the French and the colonies to beat them in battles such as the: battle of Bon Homme vs.Serapis. But then again the Americans did a lot to try and win the war also. For one they wrote the Declaration of Independence in order to try and unite the colonies; and the Common Sense in order to explain why a colonist should become a Patriot. On the other hand there was a gap between the red coat officers and soldiers, which sometimes made it hard to work together.
The war probably never would have even started if the British had started out being strict on the colonies and taxing them and not start it when the colonist had gotten used to a tax-free life. But then again the Americans didn’t do a lot to try and win the war because they had a weak government. The colonist wanted a weak central government and strong state governments, this made it hard to unite if different states had different laws about certain things. My last reason for why I believe that Great Britain did more to loose the war then the colonists did is the fact that Great Britain didn’t want to fight the war in the first place. Many soldiers and officers thought that this was an unnecessary war and didn’t want to come over and fight in it. This means that Britain wasn’t as united in their cause as the colonists were. In 1783 the Treaty of Paris was signed by both sides, Britain had lost and the colonist had gained their freedom.
I agree that the British did more to loose the Revolutionary War than the Americans did to win it.