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Benedict Arnold

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Lake Champlain
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Fort Ticonderoga
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Ethan Allen

 

Definition: Brilliant general who won several battles against the British and then joined them. He won at Lake Champlain and helped Ethan Allen take Fort Ticonderoga. He played a major part in the American victory at Saratoga. Yet, he joined the British and tried to help them win the war. He had planned to deliver his own keys to West Point, site of the U.S. army, to Britain's Major John Andre. Andre was captured and hanged. Arnold escaped and actually commanded British troops later in the war. He died in Britain, unrecognized and alone.

Related Resources:
About Arnold in Canada
Read how the general won some victories in Canada.

Elsewhere on the Web:
Benedict Arnold's Leg
Trace Arnold's turn to the other side through this revealing look at his leg injury and the time it gave him to rethink his place in American history.

The Enigma of Benedict Arnold
Examines both sides of his career and personality.

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