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2.2 American and British Forces
 Objectives
 Explain
Britain’s strategy to defeat
the colonists
 Identify three strengths and
weaknesses of the Continental
Army and British soldiers
 Explain the role of African
Americans and women in the
Revolutionary War
American Military Forces
 Age
requirements
 Enlistment
 Financial
responsibility
 Total number
of troops
Women in the War
 Role
of women
 Ratio
 Estimated
number of
women
 Margaret Corbin
 Things you
probably do not
know about
women in the war
African Americans in the War
Exclusion
 Who made the
rule?
 British and the
African Americans
 Manpower
 Slave owners
 Segregation
 Numbers

British Strategy—Three Steps
1.
2.
3.
Capture the major port cities
Restore America’s government, not ruin
the country
 Burning of buildings
 Rally Loyalists
Divide and Conquer approach
 New York
 Geographic advantage
 Overthrow
Military Strengths and Weaknesses
Strengths
America
Great Britain
Weaknesses