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The Battle of SaratogaIn hopes of crushing the American rebellion before foreign powers might intervene, the Britishconcocted a plan to invade New York from their base in Canada in 1777. Essentially, two armieswould follow waterways into the Rebel territory, unite and capture Albany, New York. Once thetown was in their possession, these British forces would open communications to the City ofNew York, and continue the campaign as ordered. It was believed that by capturing the HudsonRiver’s head of navigation (Albany) and already holding its mouth (the City of New York), theBritish could establish their control of the entire river. Control of the Hudson could sever NewEngland-the hot bed of the rebellion-from the rest of the colonies.The architect of the plan, General John Burgoyne, commanded the main thrust through the LakeChamplain valley. Although the invasion had some initial success with the capture of FortTiconderoga, the realities of untamed terrain soon slowed the British triumphant advance into an

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Term
Spring
Professor
KeithChambers
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Battle Of Saratoga, Burgoyne, General John Burgoyne, John Burgoyne

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