What Four Significant Advantages Did the Americans Have Against the British in the Revolutionary War?

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The Americans had a number of significant advantages that helped them win the war against Britain in the Revolutionary War. The colonies were significantly distant from England, which made communication, transportation and resupply exceedingly difficult for the British military.

The British did not fully utilize Loyalist support during the war, especially in the northern campaigns. Early American tactics of guerrilla warfare, learned during battles with the Indians, were successful against the most static British fighting style. Likewise, Americans, at least in the early stages of the war, wore no distinctive uniform, making it easier for fighters to blend into the civilian population. Washington’s refusal to engage in large-scale battle made it impossible for the British to deliver a killing blow to the Continental Army. Toward the end of the war, assistance from France, Spain and the Netherlands shifted the balance of power in the colonists’ favor.