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Site of 1777 British surrender added to Saratoga NHP

A key parcel of land, one that bolstered the confidence of the colonies in their battle of independence from the British and which marked a sea change in international support for the colonials, has been added to Saratoga National Historical Park in upstate New York.

It was on those 19 acres back in 1777 that the British Army for the first time ever surrendered. It is where British General John Burgoyne surrendered his army to American General Horatio Gates on October 17, 1777. This prompted French recognition of United States’ independence, an alliance between the two nations, and an international war between Britain and France.

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