America’s independence is about more than brats and burgers on the backyard grills. Learn more about the food that fueled the American revolution.
As we enter the July 4 holiday weekend and festivities begin, we need to continue to remember those who fought for our county’s independence from 1775 to 1783. Many do not grasp exactly what our founding fathers were up against. The odds were heavily in favor of the British. According to the Smithsonian, one reason America was able to prevail was thanks to the patriots’ food supplies, which included beef and pork.
“In theory, the British should easily have been able to put down the rebellion among their American colonists. Britain was the greatest military and naval power of its day, presiding over a vast empire,” wrote Standage. “In practice, however, supplying an army of tens of thousands of men operating some three thousand miles away posed enormous difficulties.”
Standage added, “The British failure to provide adequate food supplies to its troops was not the only cause of its defeat, and of America’s subsequent independence. But it was a very significant one.”