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Why did the Penobscot Expedition fail so miserably?

Asked by I. Muller, Last updated: Feb 16, 2020

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D. Ronald

D. Ronald, Writer, Austin

Answered Dec 26, 2018

The Penobscot Expedition was a flotilla of ships from the American Navy fighting against the British during the American Revolutionary War. There were 700 regular military troops and ten warships for the British side and several thousand militia, nineteen warships and 25 other ships on the patriots’ side.

The Penobscot Expedition was a flotilla of ships from the American Navy fighting against the

As a result, the patriots lost all of their ships and several hundred were killed or missing. The British on the other hand had only less than one hundred killed, wounded or captured. The main reason for the colonists’ reason for the big catastrophe was due to their navy’s inefficiency.

The colonists thought of this idea to gather a big group of ships and attack the British by pushing them out. However, their lack of strategy and execution caused them to lose.

 

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