Kabreea WhiteJoseph SolerDecember 16, yHistory 101 ReportThe Traitor That Once Was A PatriotAfter getting shot in the leg for the patriots, Benedict Arnold honestly ex-pected more recognition. After so many sacrifices, Arnold himself felt be-trayed. In the end, Arnold’s reasoning for switching sides doesn’t justify him doing it. I agree, they should have started giving more recognition to their prize military officers and treat them with more respect, but that doesn’t giveyou a reason to turn your back on your whole country. What I find ironic about the whole thing is in the beginning Benedict Arnold hate the British and in fact was inspired to join the militia to help fight for the rights of his fel-low Americans. Eventually, in order to relieve his huge amount of debt, Arnold just goes with his ‘gut feeling’ and turned the Americans over to the British and become a backstabbing traitor. Arnold’s family were financially stable until due to his dad no really knowing how to manage money made Benedict dropped out of school and become an apprentice at his mom’s pharmaceutical business. He soon, how-ever, gave that up to go join the Connecticut militia to fight in the French & Indian War, but later returned to his apprenticeship. His cousins helped him HISTORY 101 REPORT1
start his own pharmaceutical business and grow to become a successful businessman. He got involved in the West India Trade when he decided to make expand his business profits. He soon grew too hate the British when they started taxing imported goods because that interrupted the success of his business. Because he was so annoyed by the British tax laws, he wanted to stand up for the rights of himself, his business, and his fellow Americans. This newfound hatred led to his leadership of the Sons of Liberty. He became more involved in military matters and was appointed captainin the Connecticut militia and led the march to Boston. In 1775, Arnold was supposed to lead the mission to Fort Ticonderoga until he found out Ethan Allen was the same job. They argued and battled for leadership over the at-tack, but they eventually came to a compromise to work together. Arnold was successful, but of course he had some haters where he was blamed for the lost of ten American ships. The first signs of his unhappiness with his treatment by congress were shown when he was consistently passed up to be promoted to Major General. Many of Arnold’s troops saw him as overly ag-gressive and was even accused of stealing war supplies and participating in questionable business practices to make money. . Even though General Hora-tio Gates had stuck up for him, it did not change Arnold’s decision that wouldeventually lead him to switch sides in the war.