American Secedes from the Empire
Big ideas matter. Here are the most important themes for this chapter.
The over-arching theme of chapter 8 is that America drew out the American Revolution, and in doing so, won.
- Nearly every advantage on paper went to Britain during the revolution. They had better troops, training, a much better navy, experienced generals, more money, better weapons and equipment.
- The Americans had on their side heart and geography. America was very big and and ocean removed from England.
- Perhaps due to necessity rather than plan, American employed a drawn-out strategy where the war drug on for six years. America won by constantly withdrawing to the nation’s interior and moving on to fight another day.
- Meanwhile, as the war waged, the Declaration of Independence was written, signed, and approved.
The Treaty of Paris 1763 legitimized the new nation.