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Battle of Saratoga

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The turning point of the War!

A. The Battle of Saratoga was the turning point in the Americans' War of Independence.

B. there were two battles at Saratoga, New York. The first began with Gen. John Burgoyne's offensive on September 19, the second with the climactic phase of the fighting during the Battle of Bemis Heights on October 7.

C. In the first Battle, the British lost two men for every one American casualty. In terms of ground gained, however, both sides fought to a draw.

D. The second Battle, the Americans victory was overwhelming.

E. Burgoyne officially surrendered on October 17. He returned to England in disgrace, and was never given another command.

F. When news of the American victory reached Europe, France entered the war on the side of the patriots. Money and supplies flowed to the American cause, providing Washington's Continental Army with the support necessary to continue its fight against Great Britain.

G. Britain's loss at Saratoga proved disastrous, in that it signaled to the European powers that the rebels were capable of defeating the English on their own.

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