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Ben Franklin's World

290 EpisodesProduced by Liz CovartWebsite

This is a show about early American history. Awarded Best History Podcast by the Academy of Podcasters in 2017, it’s for people who love history and for those who want to know more about the historical people and events that have impacted and shaped our present-day world. Each episode features conve… read more

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037 Kathleen DuVal, Independence Lost: Lives on the Edge of the American Revolution

What battle proved to be the turning point of the American War for Independence?

If you answered Saratoga, you are in general agreement with most scholars of the American Revolution.

General John Burgoyne’s surrender to the Continental Army on October 17, 1777 demonstrated to France that the American had what it took to defeat the British Army and France entered the war on the behalf of the United States.

And with France came Spain. 

Today, we explore the consequences of Spanish involvement in the War for American Independence with Kathleen DuVal, professor of history at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and author of Independence Lost: Lives on the Edge of the American Revolution.

Show Notes: http://www.benfranklinsworld.com/037

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