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Washington once said that during the Revolution the British beat them all the time, but...

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twin2008 | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) Honors

Posted September 20, 2011 at 12:25 PM via web

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Washington once said that during the Revolution the British beat them all the time, but that the Colonial Army won the two battles that counted. Which ones? There were certainly a few more than two, but which two particular battles Washington would have been talking about that were of such significance or consequence that he would consider them to be the two most important?

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dbello | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator

Posted September 20, 2011 at 12:49 PM (Answer #1)

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There is no doubt that Washington was referring to the battles of Saratoga in October 1777 and the final defeat of the British army at Yorktown in 1781.  The battle of Saratoga is often described as the turning point of the war. It was a three pronged attack by the Americans on part of the British army as they attempted to march south from Canada to upstate New York. British officer General John Burgoyne surrendered which essentially ended any hope of the British army isolating New England from the reat of the nation. In addition, the win at Saratoga proved to the French that the Americans definitely had a chance of success, a factor that led to Benjamin Franklin securing much needed funds from the French to continue the fight.  The battle of Yorktown in 1781 funded heavily by the French allowed Washington ang his army to trap the British army by utlilzing a powerful land and sea operation against British General Cornwallis. It was only a matter of time before he surrendered to General Washington.

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