George Washington was a great general the same reason a coach is a great coach. They pull off the wins, regardless of numbers. yes england could of won if they diddn't pull out, but they diddn't. and the reason they even had to admit defeat was because washington was a a genius at maneuvering his army, and retreating. but it's not because colonies have no values, but that there was a giant indian cake to cut up that was more profitable. Colonies where lifeblood to european nations, where it's like locking up two dozen 10 yeards olds in a closet. colonies where like opening up the closet and showing them the backyard, colonies where MASSIVELY important during the COLONIal period.Evil Alpaca said:One of the biggest myths taught in United States History class is about the importance of the colonies. My early middle school teachers made it out as if the American colonies were a fabulous gem in the British Empire when really, it was a backwater that England wasn't too distraught over losing.
England tried to trade its gains in the seven years war (French and Indian war for the U.S.) back to France for one small island in the Caribbean. France said no, wasn't worth it.
Also, George Washington was not a brilliant general. He lost most of the battle he fought in. Really, American independence was won be because England felt it wasn't worth having so many troops tied up in an unending campaign with a backwater fighting force thousands of miles away. (that sounds kinda familiar...)