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Thread #92701   Message #1775032
Posted By: Bee-dubya-ell
03-Jul-06 - 05:05 PM
Thread Name: BS: What if We had Lost The Revolution ?
Subject: RE: BS: What if We had Lost The Revolution ?
If the Continental Army had surrendered, it would not have been the end of the revolution. It would have continued as a grassroots, guerrilla-style insurrection until the Brits got fed up with fighting an unwinnable war and granted independence voluntarily. No guesses as to how long that would have taken, but probably no more than thirty years.

One question that arises, though, is "If there hadn't been a successful American Revolution, would there have been a French Revolution and would Napoleon have come to power?" If not, if the Brits hadn't had to devote most of their military resources in the early 1800s to the Napoleonic Wars, how strong a hold would they have been able or willing to maintain on the American colonies?