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HISTORY TIP OF THE DAY

History Tip of the Day – June 25th

Fort Ticonderoga is captured, May 10, 1775

Strategically located between the western shores of Lake Champlain and Lake George, Fort Ticonderoga was considered “the gateway to the continent.” Moreover, the colonists heard tantalizing stories that the British kept a large amount of artillery there. General Benedict Arnold and his militia joined forces with Ethan Allen and the Green Mountain Boys to take the fort; British forces there, unaware that shots had been fired in Massachusetts, were unprepared to offer resistance. Fort Ticonderoga was taken without a single shot being fired. It was Arnold’s first victory.