The colonial approach to warfare in the American Revolution was one born of experience in the wilds of North America coupled with the bitterness of denigration from its parent state of Great Britain. American strategy and tactics had been born of the harsh environmental concerns of the continent early on, resulting in early adaptations of the soldiery equipment and gear that while brutally effective on the open fields of Europe, did not translate well in the dense woods and grasslands of North America. Americans for example quickly did away with pole arms, unnecessary armour, and other European hindrances in favour of mobility and more close-quarters weapons such as the hand-axe and long-knife.
These evolutions combined with the vast experiences of fighting both incessant native tribes and colonial rivals such as the French and Spanish, created an uniquely American way of war for the time. American leadership, generally void of direct military experience and reliant upon the fickleness of local militia, soon learned and implemented measures to best maximise their fighting strengths. Such measures included using scouts to minimize ambushes, utilizing hit-and-run tactics to wear down the British, terror tactics that included torture of British soldiers, Tories, and British-allied native peoples (that included the Iroquois, Mohawk, Shawnee, Creek, and other tribes that made up the Iroquois Confederacy) and the destruction of enemy food stores and supply sources.