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What gave the British army an advantage over the Continental army as the war began?
They had more soldiers. The soldiers were better trained, had better weapons and experienced officers.
What actions did the Second Continental Congress take?
They first sent a letter called the Olive Branch Petition. When that was refused by King George III, they asked all the colonies to send soldiers and money to support the soliders and buy supplies.
What was the Continental army like when Washington took charge?
They wore no uniforms--only their regular clothes. They carried old guns which could not fire very far or no guns at all. They carried spears and axes. They did not know how to fight side by side in straight lines.
How was the British army different from the army trained by General Washington?
They were professional soldiers. They had the best training, most experienced officers and the newest weapons. They also used mercenaries.
Why did colonial leaders call a second meeting of the Continental Congress?
Because of the fighting at Lexington and Concord which started the beginning of a long, bitter war between Britain and its American colonies.