The British impressed thousands of American sailors into the Royal Army, punishing Americans despite America’s state of sovereignty during Britain’s war with France. This blatant disrespect of America’s neutrality was a big factor in America’s decision to declare war against Britain. Furthermore, the British still kept the Orders in Council even after America passed several embargo policies hoping for change. The policies were ignored by the British and Americans were only harmed by Jefferson and Madison’s attempts for peace. Ultimately, the War of 1812 was due to Britain’s inability to respect America as a nation separate from the French and British
Professor White strongly defines the American Revolution as “a war that took more than just an army to win.” There are many different contributions that could easily support the successful win of the Patriots. However, the Patriots would not have been as successful during the war without the help of French soldiers. The American colonists faced many difficulties at the beginning of the American Revolution. The Americans suffered in areas of preparation, due to their lack of experienced soldiers and war supplies. In order for the Americans to successfully win the war, they would have to train their military force and learn military tactics to best ambush the British.
Then, in 1812, a war broke out once again between the Americans and British. In the early stages of the war, the U.S had an advantage because there was also an ongoing war between Britain and France. However, when the France surrendered, the British was able to focus its war with the Americans again. Therefore, the Americans had to adapt to new orders and directions, but in the end, the Americans succeeded and
The uniqueness of this war stemmed in that it was a stalemate and the last of the North American colonial wars; strangely enough, it has been considered a success by Americans today. Overconfidence and assumption were stemmed from the success of the American Revolutionary War causing politicians to underestimate the ‘enemy’. These ideological flaws lead to the breakdown of a few of what are now known as the nine core principle of warfare. A lesson sorely learned was a lasting appreciation for military strength in preserving the freedom of the country and liberty of its citizens. 6 As the Secretary of the Treasury Albert Gallatin (1816)
Even though the Continental army had many weaknesses, but they also possessed great strengths. The colonies had a great leader, George Washington, he was an experienced commander that all the colonies could favor. George Washington was able to control the Continental army and was knowledgeable of how the British would command their troops. The Colonists also gained help from other countries such as France and Spain; France provided up to 90% of the Americans’ gunpowder in the war’s first two years. Even with such influencing weaknesses the American colonies held strong with their strengths against the
Henry’s Persuasive Etiquette What technique sent unhappy colonists into battle ready patriots? After the French-Indian War Britain needed a way to restore their lost funds. One bad financial plan after another led to the brink of revolution, Patrick Henry convinced Virginia to go to war through a certain method. In Patrick Henry’s “Speech to the Virginia Convention”, ethos was the most effective persuasive technique because it made the unfair British occupation something everyone can relate to and promoted the character of the American people. By using ethos, Henry makes what he urged more personal.
The Battle of Saratoga showed the world that the colonists had a chance at winning the war. The French Navy and French troops were instrumental in the Patriots’ success. The Battle of Yorktown is considered the end of the Revolutionary War, as Britain lost the will to fight and General Cornwallis surrendered. The French Navy stopped all reinforcements coming from New York and French troops assist in the bombardment of Yorktown. Cornwallis runs out of supplies under this constant bombardment and is forced to surrender.
In the American Revolution France directed its forces to assist the Americans. French aid was pivotal in compelling the British to surrender at Yorktown in 1781. However although the Americans gained much from France’s support it led to no substantial gains for France but it had accumulated a debt of 1,066 million livres. France could not solely rely on its revenue from tax to fund the war thus it frequently borrowed at high rates of interest. The American Revolution combined with the Seven and Nine Years’ Wars caused heavy expenditures for France, it wasn’t capable of raising funds to equate to the level of debt it had.
The Revolutionary War caused lots of violence on both sides; the colonies and the British. Both sides lost many lives, and both sides won and lost many battles. The British army had trained soldiers that were more numerous and experienced than the American Minutemen. Americans believed that they were defined by their beliefs, in fighting for their rights, instead of their heritage. The unity of the American people was a defined by everybody together in a democracy, instead of the British monarchy that people were suppressed by, and left to join America for.
The Native Americans had no choice but to play the French and British against each other. By the time of the French and Indian War, they were not just playing the French against the British for goods and guns. (1) It became necessary for the survival of their culture, and the natives were concerned with the vast amounts of land being claimed and settled by the British. The French and Indians were more likely to be allies, although the British did have Native American allies. The Battle of Jumonville Glen is one example of natives and British fighting against the French.