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I liked the short but extremely interesting set of key moments of the American Revolutionary War collected under the title ‘Birth of a Superpower’ (November 2018). What intrigued me was these key moments did not include Benedict Arnold’s betrayal of the colonies though his plot to surrender West Point, nor on (the plus side) his victory at Saratoga, which brought the French into the conflict. It’s assumed that the victory went to other generals such as Horatio Gates, but I think that Arnold was the key architect of the defeat of John Burgoyne and the administration of British general Henry Clinton, which ordered this three-pronged assault in the first place.

“It intrigued me that these key moments did not include Benedict Arnold’s betrayal”

Jonny Wilkes replies: I’m glad you found the feature interesting, and you’re absolutely right to point out some of the key moments it didn’t include. Covering the background of the American Revolutionary War – eight years of conflict, and its aftermath – meant there was a lot to choose from! Victory at Saratoga and the betrayal of West Point were at the very top of the list of things that deserved more attention than they got.

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