American Strengths and Weaknesses During the Revolution

American Strengths and Weaknesses During the Revolution

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  • Strong Commander
  • Strong Patriotism
  • French Alliance
  • A strong commander was a major strength for Americans. George Washington had plenty of war experience from his time as the British general during the French and Indian War. Washington's knowledge of how the British would attack helped him defeat them during the Revolution. His determination inspired courage, hope, and confidence in his men, allowing him to lead the Continental Army to success.
  • Shortage of Troops
  • The war was able to persist because of the strong patriotism found in Americans. A large majority of colonists were passionate enough to give up their lives. Their strong desire to defend their liberty, homes, children, relatives, and friends allowed the Americans to be victorious in the Revolution.
  • Supply Shortage
  • Poorly Trained Troops
  • Shortage of troops and manpower was a major weakness of the Continental Army during the Revolution. The Americans were always in need of more qualified and capable men. George Washington, the Americans' general, never acquired more than 20,000 men at one time. Men constantly left the military and returned home to tend to their farms, which resulted in an inconsistency of troops.
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