American Revolutionary War


The American Revolutionary War is in the books of history as the war that came to the liberation of America. It is also known and referred by historians as the American War of Independence fought against the Great Britain and her thirteen allies. This war saw the political revolution in America and brought the light of freedom and independence to America. The war happened between the year 1775 and 1783. Britain took advantage of their superior naval capabilities and captured the coastal cities. However, control in the countryside remained a nightmare for them because of the size of their army compared to that of the Americans.

Entry of France in the War

America appreciates the fact that they could not have won the war against Britain without help from France. When France came into the war, it was joined by its allies the Netherlands and Spain. France had better naval capabilities than the Americans and their entry into the war was a big boost for the Americans that were beaten in the naval capabilities. Their entry saw them get a naval victory against Britain in Chesapeake. This victory of 1781 brought the war to an end. Britain recognized America as a sovereign state. France, however, had an interest in America. This was the only reason they joined the war. The Treaty of Paris confirmed this that as France wanted to take control of some of America’s territory that was under Britain. The deal, however, failed after a better deal was agreed between Britain and the United States in their absence. The second treaty saw America get control of all its territory.

Britain’s Disadvantages in the War

Though Britain had strong naval capabilities, they were easily beaten on land. The main reason is that the Americans were many and were familiar with the territory. Again, they had food sources, unlike the Britons who relied mainly on the food that came by sea. Britain faced a challenge as they had to ship their soldiers over the Atlantic Ocean. The distance also meant that they faced communication problems. Any information from the generals in Britain reached the battlefield when the situation had already changed. For this reason, British army did not do well in a war when fighting away from the ports. Again, Britain had many colonies, and it was difficult for them to send troops to all these colonies. It was also hard to organize and do logistics for all the resistance experienced at the same time.