which of the battles were the most important in the American revolution and why?

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There were several important battles in the Revolutionary War. The first one was the Battle of Saratoga. This battle showed the incompetence of some of the British military leaders. General Howe didn’t follow directions, and General Burgoyne carried so many luxury items with him. Bringing all these luxury items with him slowed down the movement of his army. This battle is important because the British failed to cut the New England colonies off from the rest of the colonies. It also showed that the colonists could possibly with this war. This opened the door to getting help from France and Spain.

There were some other battles in South and West that were victories for the colonists. These included victories at Cowpens, Kings Mountain, Guilford Courthouse, and Fort Vincennes. These victories helped the colonists gain confidence in their ability to win the war.

Another critical battle was the Battle of Yorktown. When the British fleet docked at Yorktown, Washington realized he had a golden opportunity to score a decisive military victory. The French fleet blocked the entrance to the Chesapeake Bay. Washington repositioned his army to surround the British. The British were trapped at Yorktown. The British surrender at Yorktown led to the peace treaty ending the war