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Definition: First real battle between British and American forces, in August 1776. Also called the Battle of Long Island. Redcoats under Generals William Howe and Charles Cornwallis advanced on New York and tried to trap the Americans in Brooklyn. General George Washington responded by holding his ground until nightfall and then retreating under cover of darkness. The troop movements for this battle actually occurred over a number of days. It was the first British victory and the first of many legendary Washingtonian escapes.

Related Resources:
The American Revolutionary War
This fun, illustrated article tells you all you need to know about this famous war, from an easy-to-understand point of view.

The Battle of Brooklyn Battle Map (large)

Elsewhere on the Web:
The Battle of Brooklyn
This amazing site has everything--a detailed account of the troop movements before, during and after the battle; a map of the battle drawn by British General William Howe, and good analysis of this battle's place in history!

The Revolutionary War: Causes and Major Battles
This site has it all!

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