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date: 26 January 2020

Revolutionary War. 

Source:
The Oxford Companion to United States History
Author(s):
Brendan McConvilleBrendan McConville

The Revolutionary War (1775–1783) was simultaneously an ideological and a military struggle that pitted the rebellious British colonists in North America—and eventually their French, Dutch, and Spanish allies—against Great Britain, supported by German mercenaries. Although the imperial forces held significant advantages, the colonists won the war that established American independence. Victory was rooted in the Americans' belief in a revolutionary republican ideology, the willingness of an armed yeomanry to fight in defense of their locales, the advantages provided to the American forces by interior lines of supply, strong leadership in the person of George ... ...

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