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 What was significant about the Battle of Saratoga?

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soccer213 | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) Honors

Posted October 7, 2012 at 3:18 AM via web

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 What was significant about the Battle of Saratoga?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted October 7, 2012 at 3:34 AM (Answer #1)

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The most significant thing about the Battles of Saratoga is that the American victory in those battles led the French to fully enter the war on the American side.  For this reason, the battles are seen as a turning point in the war.

Before Saratoga, the French did not want to commit to the American cause completely.  They did not want to be completely committed to the Americans unless they had a good chance of winning the war.  This victory convinced the French that it would be possible for the Americans to win.  Therefore, they entered the war, helping the Americans immeasurably.

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