Reasons For The Battle Of Saratoga

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Up until the 1770’s few Americans were thinking about independence from Britain, and the struggle was framed in the terms of colonial protests seeking redress for grievances( Hugh Dussek). Increasing tension eventually led to the declaration of independence and in turn resulted in the revolutionary war. All of the tension resulted in an overwhelming amount of motivation for the American colonists, they had a reason, an incentive to fight, whereas the British soldiers had little if any motivation aside from being ordered to fight.
Before the war began, parliament had multiple discussions about whether or not the colonists had the same rights as British citizens, the majority believed that they had and thus deserved the same liberties as well
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Meaning that they simply just had to hold the land, whereas the British was required to conquer the land. The Americans fought on their own soil, they knew the land and were well acquainted with it. Geography proved to be one the largest vantage points that the Americans had on their side, the British were fighting a war on foreign soil, very far away from their homeland, given limited supplies, an inability to efficiently supply troops and reinforcements. The colonists also had no central capital for the British to focus their attention towards. The Battle of Saratoga proved to be a crucial turning point in the revolutionary war for the Patriots. France was eager to retaliate against the British and found that funding and supporting the Americans’ fight against British rule sufficed well. The colonists now had foreign support, the most vital support came from France. France supplied the colonists with money and supplies that were much needed as well as troops and the French navy helped to challenge the British on yet another frontier. The …show more content…
George Washington was a very experienced war general and was an incredibly George Washington’s army retreated in the night while in New York, with the rebellion having just begun and morale high. Having survived and won an important battle at Trenton and Princeton, morale was lifted and the British “thus lost any chance of victory” British officers would often mistreat their men, an ocean away from their homeland, so moral would often run low as well as supplies. Due to lack of constant shipments of supplies from overseas, General Cornwallis was required to stretch supplies so thin that only an unmitigated victory would leave his army standing. Because of this, Cornwallis was left without supplies and troops ample enough to win the battle of Yorktown, where Cornwallis surrendered by the French Navy. His surrender would signify the end of the revolutionary war.
There were many contributing factors in the revolutionary war that were simply by coincidence that changed the course of the war, underestimating ones opponent, being in the right place at the right time, winning the right battles, losing the wrong ones. America’s inhabitants have been from the beginning a tough breed and remain one centuries later and it is because of this war that the country is the

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