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U.S. Time Periods » 1763-1815: Revolution

Saratoga: The Tide Turns on the Frontier

describes the two Battles of Saratoga. The two battles and surrender of the British in October of 1777 are often called the turning point of the American Revolution because they showed France that the ragtag Continental Army could win against Britain's well trained, disciplined troops. Within months (Feb. of 1778), France signed accords with Ben Franklin and other American envoys in Paris recognizing America's Declaration of Independence and pledging full military and financial support. (National Park Service, Teaching with Historic Places)

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Capitulation de Burgoyne à Saratoga, contemporary French engraving of Burgoyne's Surrender. (Anne S. K. Brown Military Collection, Brown University Library)

Capitulation de Burgoyne à Saratoga

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