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I am of the opinion that the American Revolutionary War was a victory made possible by the responsibility of the colonists. A closer look at the American Revolutionary War would tell that it is for the colonists to win, despite the fact that it posed several disadvantages with regard to engaging in warfare against a very powerful enemy, the British Empire. One must consider that the colonists prior and during the American Revolutionary War relied much on the sheer expanse of the colonies in order to achieve victory over the British Empire. The colonists had no powerful army or navy officially organized for the American Revolutionary War – a fact that stems from the greater dilemma concerning its lack of a national government. As a result, several institutions typically needed to manage the administrative, legislative and financial affairs for warfare were not present to assist the colonists, in turn making their uprising against the British Empire a revelation. The fact that the colonists relied and utilized their geographical advantage made their responsibility for winning the American Revolutionary War a successful one (Greene & Pole, 2003). The maximization of available resources – local militia, farmland bases and supplies transported by land, gave the colonists greater edge over the British Empire. That is despite the fact that the British Empire boasted having the most powerful army and navy in the world, as it was left to reel on its lack of alliances with other major powers that time, which left them at peril when they tried, but failed, to deal with the vast expanse of the colonies (Lanning, 2009). Moreover, the eventual depletion of troops within the army and navy of the British Empire led it to enlist more people out of desperation, resulting to declining quality within its military ranks. Logistically, the British Empire were inherently weak due to the need to transfer supplies by shipping and it was further weakened by their decline in military competence. Such factors were heavily taken advantage of by the colonists through their resourcefulness, which allowed them to maximize everything they have got to secure victory in the American Revolutionary War (Greene & Pole, 2003).
Greene, J., and Pole, J. (2003). A companion to the American Revolution. Malden, MA: Blackwell Publishing, Ltd.
Lanning, M. (2009). American Revolution 100: The battles, people, and events of the American War for Independence, ranked by their significance. Naperville, IL: Sourcebook.