The Revolutionary War
American Public University
HIST 101 B018
November 15, 2014
During the American Revolution approximately one percent of the American population died. Though the number does not seem vast if we compare it to the population of the United States today that would be two and a half million people who died. There were many times during the Revolution that it seemed the American patriots would lose the war. There were many battles fought during the Revolution and each one a vast part of history and what America is today. The British Rule of the American colonies was disorganized in the decade prior to the outbreak that lead to the Revolutionary War ("Digital History," 2014).
The Seven Years War, also known as The French and Indian War, was from 1756-1763. This conflict involved England, France, Prussia, Great Britain, Sweden and Austria. This was the beginning of open hostilities between the colonies and England, France and Great Britain had been rising in conflict in American. The English and French battled for domination in North America, the Caribbean and India. The English did finally succeed in their endeavor but at a cost that was staggering and the debt nearly destroyed the English Government. It was this debt that caused tension which lead to the Revolutionary War ("Revolutionary War," 1995).
Americans faced impossible obstacles and when guns were fired at Lexington and Concord in 1775 there was no Continental Army. Those battles were fought by local militias. There was very few Americans who had any military experience and there was no method of training, supplying or paying for an army. Colonies has a poor track record of working together and there were many historians who believed that only about a third of all Americans supported a war against the British ("The American Revolution [ushistory.org]," 1998).
In June of 1775 colonists failed to prevail at Bunker Hill although they...