The American Revolutionary War lasted eight years. The British were definitely favored to win. They had one of the most powerful militaries and naval forces in the world. They had invaded and colonized many parts of the world, including parts of Africa and Asia. They had never experienced defeat.
Yet, through luck, perseverance, tactical skill and support from the French government, the Americans succeeded in gaining independence. Below are some facts and figures about the Revolutionary War.
Questions and Answers
Question: What happened to the troops after the war was over?
Answer: Most soldiers on both sides returned to their regular lives. About 20 percent of the German soldiers who had fought for the British stayed in America. 70,000 Loyalists went to Canada or returned to England after the war.
Question: Was George Washington a successful military leader?
Answer: Washington was a brilliant military strategist, but more importantly, he led his troops with integrity. He was usually first to the battle line and worked with his troops to dig trenches or do whatever needed to be done. He led the Continental Army in five of the biggest battles, but only one of those battles was a clear, decisive victory. What if he had become discouraged and quit? Fortunately, he kept trying.
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