The Battle of Saratoga was actually two separate battles that occurred in September and October 1777, during the American Revolution. The two crucial battles, fought 18 days apart, were decisive victories for the Continental Army and are widely considered as the crucial turning point in the Revolutionary War.

The Continental victory was the driving force for France to enter the conflict on the side of the Americans, convinced that they had an actual chance of winning their independence. And as a result, France gave loans, donations, weapons, and supplies to General George Washington’s Continental Army.  

 

British Pincers

The American Revolution had been ongoing for more than two years and the British government, having believed that they would crush the colonial farmers in the rebellion against the Crown easily, wanted to end the conflict quickly.