Lead: By changing its tactics, the handlers of the Royal Navy contributed a great deal to Britain loss of its colonies during the American Revolution.
Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.
Content: The American Revolution was in constant doubt in the early years. Save a few tactical victories during 1776 and 1777, Continental forces reeled under powerful hammering from both British army and navy. With no need to watch their rear flank naval units were able to supply and support the regiments of General Sir Henry Clinton as they evacuated Boston, crushed George Washington’s dwindling forces in New York and captured Philadelphia. In the euphoria surrounding this string of victories, few noted this was a serious misuse of the Royal Navy, which should have been trying to seal up the porous colonial coastline and thus prevent vital supplies and munitions from reaching the rebels.