Originally Posted by dustinzgirl
Army for army, nobody thought the Americans would defeat the Brits.
Never forget that the battle that turned the tide in the US Revoutionary War was fought was Yorktown, which was won with French support. More than anything else the entry of France into the war on the side of the rebels convinced the British that the war was no longer winnable. And there is also the fact that many members of the British Parliament had argued against forcing the American colonies to remain in the British Empire. These members steadily gained support as the war progressed. Even so, the war was a near thing for the victorious Americans. Largely ignored by many American historians is the fact that a very large part of the colonial population supported the British, not the rebel cause. At the very most support for opposing the British was probably never higher than about 60%, a fact that was conveniently ignored by historians who were attempting to create the myth of American unity aganst the British oppressor.