recognized the strategic importance of New York as the
focal point for communications between the northern and
southern colonies. Washington also recognized this, and
in April of 1776 he marched his troops from Boston to New
York. He positioned his troops on the western end of Long
Island in anticipation of the British arrival.
British fleet arrived they had 45,000 troops against Washington's
20,000. The British attacked, forcing
Washington to cross the East River into Manhattan.
Washington left 3,000 men to defend Fort Washington, then