All the colonists wanted was representation in Parliament, and then a war started!
When the American Revolution began, most of the revolutionaries were acting on their hopes and ideologies, but as each year passed, those dreams waned, yet they never faded. There were, of course, many challenges to those dreams, but even after crushing defeats and harsh winters where there was little food and clothing, the American patriots stayed true to their cause, mainly because of the conviction and discipline of General George Washington, who would become the first president of the United States. His guidance would help shape the young country during the war and immediately after, but first, he had to defeat the British.
The British Empire would not easily surrender, either. They had more resources and a larger army, but luckily for the colonists, the British faced other conflicts around the world, and their military was spread thin. This allowed the colonists to draw the war out, causing opposition among the British citizenry, who were more willing than the British King to give the colonies away. This, among many other factors, was the reason the revolutionaries achieved victory.
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