THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION. “The Shot Heard Round the World” January 1775, actions of First Continental Congress led British government to use force to control colonies April, British troops moved to seize arms the Patriots had stored at Concord
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Americans had several advantages in fight for independence: familiar terrain; England had to bring forces across Atlantic; England’s highly professional army was ill-directed; and public opinion in England was divided
Britain, however, possessed superior resources: much larger population, large stocks of war materials, industrial capacity, mastery of the seas, a trained and experienced army, and a highly centralized government
idea of drafting written structures of government derived from dissatisfaction with vagueness of unwritten British constitution and represented one of the most important innovations of Revolutionary era