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Locating the Site

Map 1: New York and surrounding region.[Map 1] with link to larger version of map.
(National Park Service)

Map 2: Campaign for the Lake Champlain-Hudson Valley.[Map 2] with link to larger version of map.
(National Park Service)

Questions for Maps 1 and 2

1. Locate Lake Champlain, the Hudson River, and Albany on Maps 1 and 2. Why do you think the leaders of the British Army thought it was so important to control the Lake Champlain-Hudson River corridor?

2. The rivers could not support the large ships needed to transport troops, only smaller supply boats. Troops marched along the rough roads that followed these waterways. Use the scale provided on Map 2 to see how far Burgoyne's soldiers traveled on foot to get to Saratoga from St. John's, Canada. According to the map, how long did it take them to reach Saratoga?

3. This area was sparsely settled at the time of the American Revolution. How might an army have maintained its supplies, including food, ammunition, clothing, and forage for the animals?

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