Mr. Dowling
The American Revolution: Strengths and Weaknesses

What were the strengths and weaknesses of each side in the American Revolution?

A few weeks after the battles at Lexington and Concord, colonial delegates met at the Second Continental Congress in Philadelphia

Most of the delegates still hoped to avoid a final break with Britain.

After much debate, the delegates sent a petition to King George (The Olive Branch Petition)

The Olive Branch Petition asked the King to restore peace between Britain and the colonies. The King rejected the petition.

June 1775-the Second Continental Congress set up the Continental Army and appointed George Washington as commander.

The Patriots The British
Advantages George Washington-"people person"
Determined to defend their homes and property
Highly trained, experienced
Best navy in the world
Disadvantages Poorly organized, untrained
Few cannons, little gun powder, no navy
News/supplies took a long time to arrive
Risk of contant attacks
Lesson reasons to fight hard

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