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The Battle of Saratoga

Turning Point in Revolutionary war By Rohan Makim

Rohan Makim

on 12 February 2013

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In 1777, the British had hoped to stop the “uprising” in their American colonies. They wanted to end the fighting and to regain control.
They believed that the uprising in America was centered in the New England colonies (Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Connecticut).
Cutting them off from the rest of the colonies should quiet things down everywhere else.
British forces could then focus on the New England area, where the “troublemakers” were.
British came up with the plan to invade New York from three different directions. British General John Burgoyne came up with a brilliant plan to take all of New York away from the Americans.
His three-pronged attack called for a meeting of three forces at Saratoga.
Burgoyne would advance south from Canada and plan to meet at Albany with Generals Barry St. Leger and William Howe.
St. Leger was to move east from Fort Oswego, on Lake Ontario; and,
Howe was to march north from Virginia. The plan didn't work.
Howe never got the message and went to Philadelphia instead.
Burgoyne himself was stopped by American General Benedict Arnold at Saratoga.
St. Leger made it to Albany and had it all to himself. The Battle of Saratoga The Battle of Saratoga was a crucial turning point in Revolution war. It convinced France to enter the war on the side of the Americans. There were two battles at Saratoga, New York . The first began with Gen. John Burgoyne's offensive on September 19. In the first Battle at Saratoga, generally referred to by historians as Freeman's Farm, the British lost two men for every one American casualty. In terms of ground gained, however, both sides fought to a draw. The second battle at Saratoga with the climatic phase of the fighting during the Battle of Bemis Heights battle on October 7th, British losses were four to one. The rebels’ victory was overwhelming. Surrender of General Burgoyne at Saratoga Burgoyne awaited news of Clinton’s advance until 17th October 1777, when he was forced to sign the convention by which his troops surrendered to Gates, who had by then between 18,000 and 20,000 men.
Breymann's Redoubt, Battle of Bemis Heights The Battle of Saratoga The Battle of Freeman's Farm
The Battle of Bemis Heights The victory at Saratoga couldn't have came at better time, as General Washington's Army was defeated on September 11 at Brandywine, near Philadelphia. The British then proceeded to capture Philadelphia on October 1. The victory at Saratoga was the victory that American needed to convince the French to join the American. This are the websites I used!!! http://www.myspace.com/spirit_of_76_lives/photos/402582#{%22ImageId%22%3A402582}








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