The British Response

The British Response Worksheet

Worksheet Description

This worksheet provides an overview of the British response to the American Declaration of Independence. It discusses the initial reactions within Britain, ranging from dismissal to alarm, and notes the British government’s eventual decision to suppress the rebellion militarily. The text also highlights the role of Hessian soldiers and the support from Loyalists during the ensuing conflict. The information aims to give students a narrative of the events and strategies that unfolded as Britain confronted the colonies’ quest for independence.

The worksheet aims to teach students about the multifaceted nature of the British response to the American bid for independence, illustrating that reactions were not monolithic but varied across different segments of British society and government. It educates on the military and strategic aspects of the British response, including the hiring of foreign troops and the focus on certain colonies. The text also seeks to connect the American Revolutionary War to broader international contexts, such as foreign mercenaries and global politics. By studying this material, students gain a more nuanced understanding of the complexities of the Revolutionary War and its impact on world history.