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Ethan Allen and Fort Ticonderoga



Ethan Allen and Fort Ticonderoga
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     challenging words:    opinionated, acceptance, union, militia, commander, revolution, newly, death, supplied, region, power, reputation, duty, increase, prison, surrender
     content words:    Revolutionary War, King George, Fort Ticonderoga, Lake Champlain, Ethan Allen, Green Mountains, New Hampshire, New York, Green Mountain Boys, Benedict Arnold


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Ethan Allen and Fort Ticonderoga
By Jane Runyon
  

1     After the first battles of the Revolutionary War in Lexington and Concord, it became apparent to colonial leaders that they were completely outmatched. Not only were the British soldiers better trained and larger in number, their weapons were bigger, better, more powerful, and in greater supply. The hunting muskets of the colonial farmers were not a match for the sleek, long muskets and cannons of the British army.
 
2     Something had to be done to increase the fire power of the colonial militia if they were to stand a chance against their newly declared enemy. Since the weapons couldn't be purchased because they were at war with the only source they had for weapons, a plan had to be created. What plan did the colonists come up with? Why, take the weapons from the British army, of course.
 
3     During colonization, King George had ordered the building of several forts throughout the colonies for the protection of British holdings from the French and the Indians. The forts had been supplied with soldiers and weapons. Cannons were installed behind the walls of the forts to scare the enemy as much as to kill them. One such fort was Fort Ticonderoga, located near Lake Champlain. It was decided that Ethan Allen was the right man to relieve Fort Ticonderoga of its cannons. They would then be used by the colonists for their own protection.

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