Lesson 14  Washington Crosses the Delaware and the Battle of Saratoga

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In the winter of 1776, George Washington and his men camped in Pennsylvania. On Christmas Eve, they crossed the icy Delaware River to attack a group of Hessians at Trenton, New Jersey. The Germans were celebrating the holiday with strong drinks. They were taken by surprise. The Hessians surrendered themselves with all their weapons and equipment.

Two weeks later Washington led another surprise attack at Princeton, New Jersey and won. By this time the British army was growing weaker, and the American army grew stronger.

On October 1777, the Americans beat a large British force at Saratoga, New York. The French decided to help the Americans by supplying money, arms, and officers after they thought the Americans now had a chance to winning the war. This way France could beat an old enemy.

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