It was 235 years ago that — after a week of negotiations — British General John Burgoyne surrendered to American Gen. Horatio Gates, concluding the famous Battles of Saratoga.
The battles are known as the "Turning Point of the American Revolution," and are considered by many historians to be among the most significant battles in world history.
Those battles were fought in and around Saratoga National Battlefield, and special events commemorated the surrender, including a special open day at Saratoga Monument on Burgoyne Street in the village of Victory; “Surrender Day” in the village of Schuylerville at Fort Hardy Park on Route 29; and a wreath laying at Saratoga Monument by Sons of the American Revolution. It celebrates the 100th anniversary of the monument’s official dedication in 1912.
The American victory in the Battles of Saratoga convinced the French to ally themselves with the Americans and declare war against England. Later, the Spanish and Dutch did the same.
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