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Fort Ticonderoga

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Definition: New York fort on the western shore of Lake Champlain that was originally a French fort, called Carillion, that was seized by the British in the French and Indian War. The fort was later captured by the Americans in their first "official" victory of the Revolutionary War. The fort wasn't garrisoned very well but still held a stock of British weapons. Ethan Allen and the Green Mountain Boys, along with Benedict Arnold, captured the fort on May 10, 1775. The capture stalled a planned British invasion from Canada and also enabled American troops to invade Canada themselves. The British recaptured the fort in 1777 but abandoned it in 1780.

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The French and Indian War
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The American Revolutionary War
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Fort Ticonderoga: A Brief History
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The Revolutionary War: Causes and Major Battles
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