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For the Revolutionaries the year was marked by the succesfull hemming in of the British at Boston a very creditable performance at the battle of nearby Bunker Hill the creation of a national army and the invasion of Canada At the same time major difficulties had been revealed in the new military force while the invasion of Canada was not to be a triumph The British government had decided the previous November to take a tougher line towards America George III informing his first minister Lord North that blows must decide wether they are to be subject to this country or independent General Thomas Gage who was both Governor of Massachusetts the most rebellious of the colonies and commander-in-chief of the troops in North America was order to use force to restore royal authority in the colony He was instructed to arrest the leaders of the provincial Congress In February North asked the House of Commons to declare Massachusetts in rebellion and to approve the use of troops The ministry was confident that if there was any popular response it could not be very formidable a view Gage did not share This attitude in London not only ensured that the news of Concord and Lexington was received with great surprise but also meant that Gage had not received the major reinforcements he had called for Furthermore because the government did not appreciate that the revolution would spread throughout the Thirteen Colonies they failed to provide the assistance that royal governors elsewhere required The British war effort in 1775 was therefore too little too late and narrowly focussed though had Gage been successfull in his operations near Boston the consequnces of this would have been less serious
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