The actual British surrender did not occur here, but rather, took place about a mile downhill, east and slightly north from here, on October 17, 1777.
Saratoga Monument wasn’t built until the late 19th century. In 1877, a group of private citizens, the Saratoga Monument Association, obtained this piece of property and this was where they built this Monument.
They built it with two main purposes in mind: commemorating the American victory in the Battle of Saratoga, and helping teach and remind people about the American Revolution and that critical American victory at Saratoga.
The late 19th century brought waves of "New Immigrants" into the U.S. from mainly southern and eastern Europe. The Monument Association was determined to teach these new citizens about the American Revolution and the Battles of Saratoga.
How to teach them if they are unfamiliar with the language?
Use pictures! Or in this case, use bronze plaques. (You'll see more on the plaques as you read on.)
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