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What was the importance of the Battle of Bunker Hill?  

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mquijano | eNoter

Posted May 3, 2012 at 10:46 PM via web

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What was the importance of the Battle of Bunker Hill?

 

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted May 3, 2012 at 10:57 PM (Answer #1)

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The main importance of the Battle of Bunker Hill was that it made it clear that the Revolution was going to be a long and drawn-out war that could not be easily ended.

This was the first pitched battle of the Revolution.  The battles at Lexington and Concord had been mere skirmishes that would not have convinced the British that they were in for a long war.  But Bunker Hill was different.  This was a formal battle on open ground.  The fact that the Americans held their own (they lost the battle in that they had to retreat, but they inflicted tremendous casualties on the British) showed that they would not be easily defeated even by the formidable British Army.

The Battle of Bunker Hill did not change the course of the war.  It simply made clear that a war would happen and that it would be difficult for the British to win.

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