Monday, October 31, 2016
US Bicentennial - Victory at Saratoga – A Turning Point in the Revolution 7.10.1977
Victory at Saratoga – A Turning Point in the Revolution. On October 7, 1777, the British General John Burgoyne led his army in the Second Battle of Freeman’s Farm. General Burgoyne’s defeat 7.10.1977there was the conclusion of a series of empty victories in which British troops took ground, but suffered heavy losses. He decided to retreat, but soon found himself surrounded by the American army commanded by General Horatio Gates. On October 17, 1777, Burgoyne surrendered to Gates. The Americans took nearly 6,000 prisoners and a large supply of arms.
The British surrender at Saratoga (now Schuylerville), New York, marked a major turning point in the war. It showed that the British could be defeated, and that their strategies were failing. This helped to convince France that it was possible to enter the war on the American side.
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