Why did the British lose the War of Independence?


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There were several factors that came together to keep the British from winning the War of Independence, including the size of the colonies, no centralized capital for them to take over and the guerrilla tactics that the Revolutionists adopted to use the advantage of the terrain and countryside in their favor. The British had problems from the start by underestimating the Revolutionaries and their desire for freedom.

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The British had so much focus on the American Revolution that the United States gained unexpected allies. The country gained help from France and Spain, who kept Britain from committing their full force to the colonies and also used the war to further their own plans to take over some of Britain's trade routes and foreign interests.

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