British Advantages • Strongest Navy • Strongest Army • Wealth of world wide empire
American Disadvantages • Volunteer Army-Hard to raise army • No Navy • Low amount of weapons/ammunition • Not all Americans supported the fight
Loyalists, Patriots, Neutralists O My • Loyalists • Still loyal to Britain. If the British win the war they will not be oppressed like Patriots who are fighting. Some are even employed by the British. Did not believe in the cause to fight. • Patriots • Fighting against unfair representation. If they lost, they would be hung as traitors. • Neutralists • Did not want to fight. Told each side that they belonged to that side.
American Advantages • Fighting on own land • George Washington • The will to win the war
British Disadvantages • Fighting style • Mercenary Army • Having to ship soldiers and supplies from England
British Plan For Victory Gen. Burgoyne Gen. Leger Gen. Howe
Assignment • After looking at the Advantages and Disadvantages of each side, write a five to seven sentence paragraph essay answering the following: If you were living in the year 1776 and had to choose which side to support, British or Americans, who would you support and why.