What hardships did colonists face during the Revolutionary War?

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The colonists faced many hardships during the Revolutionary War. One of the hardships was that many colonists were loyalists. These loyalists supported the British for many reasons. Some believed there would be chaos if the colonists won the war. Others depended on Great Britain for their jobs. Some people believed the British could do as they please with their colonies.

Another hardship the colonists faced was a lack of supplies. The colonists faced shortages of basic supplies such as food, weapons, and blankets. Some of the shortages were due to a lack of money. The British blockade also was successful in limiting the supplies we could get from other countries.

The colonists also didn’t have enough soldiers. Some soldiers signed up for one year and didn’t renew their term. Pay also was low for the soldiers. Others deserted during the cold winter months. Additionally, at the start of the war, the soldiers weren’t well trained. The lack of soldiers was an issue for the colonists.

At the beginning of the war, the colonists received little help from foreign countries or from the Native Americans. Countries like France and Spain were waiting to see if we could win a major victory against the British before committing to help us. The colonists lost the first few battles of the Revolutionary War. It wasn’t until the colonists defeated the British at the Battle of Saratoga that significant foreign help arrived. Most Native Americans believed the British would treat them better than the colonists would treat them. Thus, the Native Americans supported the British during the war.

Despite the hardships, the colonists overcame them and won the Revolutionary War.

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