From: Lawrence Chen
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Lawrence Chen Mr. Cutler History 67 2/15/00
Did the British lose the War for Independence or did the Americans win it? Explain.
The war ended in 1781 with Cornwallis surrendering in Yorktown. The Americans had won the war for independence. The victory was won at a real cost for the Americans due to the fact that many lost their lives during the war. Victory did not seem likely though for the Americans in the beginning because they were up against one of the most powerful countries during that time. Englandís population was almost four times that of Americas. England also had a navy that dominated the world and experienced officers with a trained army at their disposal. Victory seemed inevitable for England because of all the advantages they held. The Americans did though have the heart to fight for independence, which were their homes. England on the other hand had a paid army at their disposal with troops hired from Germany. Also later in the war the Americans made an alliance with the French which in time helped propel them into an unlikely victory. With the Treaty of Amity and Commerce and the Treaty of Alliance, America was accepted as an independent republic and in case France and England had went to war the French would reject Truce and Peace with the British. With the last redcoats sailing away from New York in 1783, 176 years on British rule over the colonies ended and America had won its freedom and independence from England.