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The French Join the Revolution!

The First Battle at Freeman's Farm

Fought eighteen days apart in the fall of 1777, the two Battles of Saratoga were a turning point in the American Revolution. The word Saratoga is shorthand for two battles that destroyed the British invasion from Canada during the American Revolutionary War. After capturing Fort Ticonderoga with almost laughable ease, the British army, led by overconfident General John Burgoyne, slowly moved south.

The 2nd Battle at Bemis Heights

The Americans under General Gates decided to pursue the British army after they retreated. Within days, they had them surrounded. The British surrendered ten days later on October 17, 1777. The Americans morale was boosted and the country now felt it could win the war. The American victory convinced the French government to formally recognize the colonist’s cause and enter the war as their ally.