Lead: In the 1700s the United States broke from England. No colony in history had done that before. This series examines America’s Revolution.

Intro: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts

Content: By the spring of 1775, with war at hand, and with blood staining the precincts of Lexington and Concord, perceptive colonial leaders were beginning to have to think strategically. Britain’s North American colonies were grouped into sections: New England, the middle colonies, and the south. On the land side they were divided by great river valleys ranging south to north, with the Savanah River dividing Georgia and South Carolina, the Pee Dee River valley bisecting North and South Carolina, the James River Valley in Virginia, the Potomac River Valley between Virginia and Maryland, the Delaware River Valley cutting into the Pennsylvania heartland, and perhaps the most strategic waterway, the Hudson River Valley of New York which, with interconnecting lakes, went all the way to the border of Canada. One could make a case that contention for control of these river valleys formed the basis of military strategy on both sides during the course of the Revolution.