British vs. Colonists at the Beginning of the Revolutionary

The British also had to keep an eye on France, who wanted to stab them in the

back after the French Indian War. Due to the many enemies they had at the time, the

government in London was "confused and ineptaE. There was also internal conflict since many

Britons didn't want to fight their American "cousins.aE Another disadvantage that the colonists

would be able to exploit is the fact that the British had second-rate generals instead of good

leaders like William Pitt. The soldiers were brutally treated. Also the 3,000 mile separation added

to delays, uncertainties, and old useless orders, as well as making supplies scarce and provisions

spoiled and inedible. The troops also lost morale since they needed a distinct win, a draw was not

enough. Every triumph they had made no significant advance toward final victory.

The colonists may not have had the best trained army and were outnumbered about 3 to 1

but they had the defensive advantage. Unlike the British, the colonists knew the terrain since the

events were happening at their own homes. One of the colonists' weaknesses was that there was a

lack of unity. However, it also worked for them by not leaving a specific nerve cente



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