Essay on The Revolutionary War And The American Revolution

1873 Words Oct 2nd, 2014 8 Pages
The Revolutionary war was an overwhelming source of defeat and humiliation for the British and a tremendous victory for the American colonists. Fought from 1775 to 1783, the American revolutionary war was the colonist’s struggle that won them their independence from the ever over-bearing England. Over-taxed and fed up with the British, on April 19th, 1775 shots were fired in Lexington Massachusetts, sparking the beginning of a revolution. England lost due to several reasons but they all lead back to the main idea of Britain being ‘the greatest empire since Rome’ (p2) meaning that the British and their arrogance sparked several problems which led them to lose against the colonists. Richard Ketchum clearly illustrates the reasons why England shockingly lost the war in his Article “England’s Vietnam: The American Revolution.” From overextended sources, internal and other external conflicts, a demanding King, and blind ignorance, the British were doomed from the start.
The first reason that the British lost was due to their arrogant, self-righteous attitudes ever since Britain became a world power in the 16th century. England was at its peak with power due to their colonial investments which brought in large sources of wealth and power. This power only made the British greedier and even more power hungry and also instilled a sense of superiority in the people. England seemed so strong and powerful and it seemed impossible to the Britain’s themselves that some tiny, uncivilized…

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