The American Revolution Vs. The Patriot

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The Patriot Vs. The American Revolution

As you watch the Patriot you see many of the battles fought during the American

revolution. You also see the uniforms they wore to battle, and the guns they used and

how they were used. But what you didn't see was the fact that the movie doesn't relate to

the American Revolution, in ways that I'm going to explain in the next paragraphs. It was

different because of the weapons they used, the way the slaves were being treated in the

movie compared to in the actual time, the way the battles were fought and where they

were, and the transportation they used.

In the movie there were scene's in which they were in a battle fighting and the

canon ball would come out of the canon and travel through the air at a fast speed hit the

ground a blow up. The canon balls did not blow up back then, they simply hit the ground

and took out whatever was in the way, because they were made from cast-iron.(The

history place.www.historyplace.com) And it also showed them having good accuracy, the

cannons only had one purpose taking out as many people as possible in one place, they

did not focus on accuracy when they made the cannon. That is why they had multiple

cannons set up behind the infantry men. The guns the used in the movie resembled, the

ones they used in the American Revolution, but oviously they were replica's. They

showed them reloading in under 5 seconds, it took 15 seconds if not more to reload. They

had to put the gunpowder in, put the tiny ball in, pack it down, all this would take more

then 5 seconds(Countryman 2002, 67). It also showed them making multiple shots out of

the same gun without reloading. This was not possible because, during that time the guns

weren't spring loaded they were based on gun power, and a tiny ball.

The Patriot Vs. The American Revolution

In the movie the Patriot, It showed the homeowner Mel Gibson owning a bunch

of slaves. It showed them plowing the fields, harvesting their crops, doing housework. It

also showed the home owners treating the slaves like their family, in that time black

people weren't considered equal to the white man. So on a rare occasion this would

happen. Back then slaves were treated so badly, if they were on a plantation they would

most likely be served a small serving of food, and blanket for adults to sleep with. Most

of the time the children were left with nothing to keep them warm so they had to put their

feet in the coals of the fire to keep them warm(History wiz,www.historywiz.com) In the

movie it showed them joined them eating with the family, and they probably had there

own beds to sleep in. It also told us that if there were slaves fighting in the American

Revolution for the patriot side, they were granted freedom after one year of service and

were given 5 shillings for every month served(The Patriot,videocassette).

The Transportation in the movie was for the most part, was the same as in the

American Revolution. Mostly in the American Revolution, only the officers got to ride

the horses not the infantry men. And the men who rode the horse's carried bayonets as

well, not just swords. The militia men did have the horses from their farms, but in the

movie it did not show where they got these horses from it only showed the main

characters horses and where they got them from. They used ships to transport troops

around, and they used them at battles sometimes, it did not show this during the movie,

but they were used.

The Patriot Vs. The American Revolution

The battles of the movie weren't in the location of the real battles. They used the

same type of fighting technique where they would all line up in lines and one side would

shoot first, then the other side would return fire(Lancaster,2001, 88). The British would

mostly take POW, but in the movie the usually killed them all, except for the main militia...
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