Why did the British lose the thirteen American colonies?

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The British lost the 13 American colonies because the British government was unwilling to grant the colonists full rights as British citizens. When the colonists later rebelled, a number of factors led to American victory over the British.

The American colonists wanted to be treated as full citizens. However, the British refused to give them representation in Parliament. The British saw the colonies mainly as a source of revenue and imposed one tax after another in pieces of legislation such as the Stamp Act, the Tea Act, and the Townshend Tariffs. The rallying cry of the revolutionaries was "No taxation without representation." Violence escalated, and eventually the Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence.

There are several reasons why George Washington's Continental Army managed to defeat the British Army, which at the time was the most powerful military force in the world. For instance, the Continental Army was on its home turf, while the British were fighting an...

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