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Re: ‘Which battle in the American War of Independence took place on this day in 1777??’ . .

Don Seltzer


On Sat Oct 7, Chrístõ wrote
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>. . is today’s question from Oxford Reference.

>Find the answer at: www.oxfordreference.com/view/10.1093/acref/9780191823497.001.0001/acref-9780191823497-e-361

Benedict Arnold deserves much credit for the American victory, and not just for his exploits on the day of battle.  It was Arnold's naval initiatives in creating and leading an American flotilla on Lake Champlain in 1775 and 1776 that delayed the invasion from Canada for a year that was a major factor in the victory.

The Oxford Reference remarks about Gen Howe not getting the message in time is a gross simplification of the strategic backdrop.


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