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On this day in 1777, the British under General John Burgoyne surrendered at the battle of Saratoga

October 17

On this day in 1777, the British under General John Burgoyne surrendered at the Battle of Saratoga. The American victory was a turning point in the Revolution and helped convince foreign governments to ally themselves with the fight for American independence.

Did you know? Famous traitor Benedict Arnold played a major part in the American victory, severely wounding his leg in the process. Though Arnold isn’t formally recognized at Saratoga National Historic Park, the park contains an unnamed statue of a boot to recognize his heroic actions.

Surrender of General Burgoyne, John Trumbull, 1821

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October 17
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