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Hessian Soldiers

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Ronnie Woodrick

on 20 February 2014

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Transcript of Hessian Soldiers

There were already 200,000 German-Americans in the colonies
What happened to the 30,000 Hessian soldiers after the war?
King George made a deal with Prince Frederick II and bought their services cheap. Prince Fredrick II kept the money back in Hesse-Cassel.
Why did King George
III
hire the Hessian soldiers?
What does the term Hessian mean?
Hessian Soldiers
It refers to a person from the German state of Hesse-Cassel
Any German soldier was called a Hessian by the American colonists
Germany was not a unified country. it was made up of over three hundred little states
Because England had a very large empire and did not have enough English soldiers to send to the american colonies
The Hessian soldiers did not get paid much. They mostly received their daily food and not much more.
5,000 of the 30,000 Hessian soldiers liked the new land and decided to stay in America with their countrymen

At the Battle of Trenton, the Hessians were defeated by General George Washington and his army when they crossed the Delaware River at night and surprised the Hessian soldiers.
Ronnie Woodrick
Bibliography
mountvernon.org
historynet.com
pbs.org
SIRS discover
Some Hessian soldiers deserted during the war
The Battle of Trenton
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