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Important 1781 Battle of Yorktown

Why Was the 1781 Battle of Yorktown Important?

One of the most important battles in the American Revolution was the 1781 Battle of Yorktown. The battle proved to be a decisive blow towards the British war effort and was the last major engagement in the American war for independence. By 1781 both the Americans and British were war-weary after having fought for the …

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Significance Battle of Saratoga

The Significance of the 1777 Battle of Saratoga

Of all the important battles in the American Revolution, the 1777 Battle of Saratoga perhaps holds the greatest historical significance. This is because Saratoga historians widely consider the battle to be the turning point of the war where the colonists’ fortunes finally turned in their favor. Prior to the end of 1777, the American Revolution …

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Significance Pontiac's Rebellion of 1763

The Significance of Pontiac’s Rebellion of 1763

The mid-18th century was a momentous time in the history of North America. A key moment was Pontiac’s Rebellion of 1763, the significance of which helped convince the British of the need to limit westward expansion by the colonists. At the beginning of 1763 the British had reason for celebration. The long and costly Seven …

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Origin Pyrrhic Victory

The Pyrrhic War: The Origin of the Term “Pyrrhic Victory”

The Pyrrhic War was a series of battles fought between King Pyrrhus of Epirus and the Romans from 280 BCE – 275 BCE. This war is the origin of the phrase “pyrrhic victory.” A pyrrhic victory is a victory that is so devastating that in some ways it can be seen as a defeat. This …

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The Battle of Vicksburg Forces and Casualties chart

The Significance of the Battle of Vicksburg

The Western Theatre of the American Civil War is one that is often overshadowed by the Eastern Theatre with the Armies of the Potomac and Virginia. Despite this the Western Theatre featured several major operations including the Battle of Vicksburg which proved to be of utmost significance in the overall war effort. In the early …

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The Ships of the Great White Fleet

One of Theodore Roosevelt’s biggest accomplishments as president was the complete transformation and buildup of the US Navy. The culmination of his efforts led to the famed round the world cruise of the ships of “The Great White Fleet” from 1907-1909. The fleet of 16 battleships was meant to display newfound American power and show …

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The Devastating Bombing of Japan in World War II

On December 7th, 1941, Japan attacked Pearl Harbor, officially drawing the United States into World War II. Luckily the bombing of Pearl Harbor was not a knockout blow and the US was able to recover relatively quickly. Payback and revenge was on the minds of many Americans when it came time to return the favor …

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The Surrender of British Troops at the Battle of Singapore

On December 8th, 1941, the same day as the attack on Pearl Harbor (though marked as different due to time zones), the Japanese launched their Malayan campaign. Their objective was to capture the Malay peninsula from the British, including the fortress of Singapore at its southern tip. This campaign would culminate at the fateful battle …

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