Battling the British
Battling the British
 
 
During the Battle of Saratoga
During the Battle of Saratoga
 
 
Benedict Arnold was wounded during the battle.
Benedict Arnold was wounded during the battle.
 
 
The Continental Army defeated the British.
The Continental Army defeated the British.
 
 
France recognized America as a new nation.
France recognized America as a new nation.
 
Saratoga, Battle of
Topic(s):   Revolutionary War (U.S.)

Saratoga is a town in New York. It was the site of a long battle in the fall of 1777. The British hoped to gain control of all New York. The British plan was to cut New England colonies off from the rest of the colonies.

Horatio Gates and Benedict Arnold led the Patriot troops. Arnold was shot in battle. He was a very good general. He later became a spy for the British.

There were two battles, with a two-week lull between. Fierce fighting went on for a month. The Americans finally won. Saratoga is known as the turning point of the war. It was an important victory. The victory made the French decide to support America. They joined the war against the British. The French sent money, supplies and arms to the Continental Army.

France recognized America as a new, free nation. The alliance came at a good time. George Washington and his troops had lost recent battles. The army had retreated to Valley Forge. France's help gave Americans new hope and confidence.

The war for independence would last for another four years.

Resource information

Dorf, P., & In McKee, S. D. (1937). Visualized American history: Unit organization. New York: Oxford Book Co.

King, D. C. (1998). Saratoga. Brookfield, CT: Twenty-First Century Books.

Murray, S. (2002). Eyewitness American Revolution. New York: DK Publishing.

Osborne, M. P., & Boyce, N. P. (2013). Magic tree house fact tracker #11: American revolution. New York: Random House Books for Young Readers.

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