Why did the colonies win in the American Revolution?

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There were many reasons why the colonial soldiers, though outnumbered, defeated the British in the Revolutionary War, among them the following:

  • The colonists were more motivated than the British. The colonists were, after all, fighting for their independence on their own lands.
  • The British had to transport soldiers over 3,000 miles across the Atlantic to reach the battlegrounds, which was wearing, costly, and long. The colonists, on the other hand, were fighting on their own lands, which they knew well.
  • The colonists were able to receive help from the French, Dutch, and Spanish. The French were particularly helpful in sending troops.
  • Many of the British troops were foreigners, including Hessians from Germany. The recruitment of mercenaries angered the colonists, making them even more eager to fight.
  • The colonists used guerrilla-style battle tactics, enabling them to outwit and outmaneuver the British troops, who still fought in traditional formations. 

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