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Benedict Arnold, an early American hero of the Revolutionary War, became known as one of the most infamous traitors in U.S. history after he switched sides and fought for the British. Benedict Arnold was born on January 14, 1741, in Norwich,Connecticut. His mother was from a wealthy family, but his father squandered their estate and lost the wealth. In his younger years, Arnold apprenticed at an apothecary business and served in the militia during theFrench and Indian War. In 1767 Arnold married Margaret Mansfield, and had three children before Margaret’s death in 1775. At the brink of the war, Arnold participated in the capture of theBritish garrison of Fort Ticonderoga in 1775, and in 1776, he hindered a British invasion of New York at the Battle of Lake Champlain. The following year, he played a crucial role in bringing about the surrender of British General John Burgoyne’s army at Saratoga. Yet Arnold never received the recognition he thought he deserved. Therefore, in 1779, he entered into secret negotiations with the British, agreeing to turn over the U.S. post at West Point in return for money and a command in the British army. To his surprise his plot was discovered, and Arnold had to escape to British lines. His name has since become synonymous with the word “traitor.”

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