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The Americans hoped that by attacking Canada, they could divert the British attention away from New England.

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The Battle of Quebec

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Battle of Quebec
Death of General Montgomery
(Source: Library of Congress)
In November of 1775, General Richard Montgomery led a group of patriots in an attack on Canada. He hoped to force the British to defend Canada, and lead them away from New England.

Montgomery successfully captured Montreal. In December, Benedict Arnold and his militia joined Montgomery for an attack on Quebec. The British army was too strong and the Americans were forced to retreat back to Canada.

General Montgomery was killed in the battle, and Benedict Arnold was wounded. Benedict Arnold did not receive the recognition and promotions he expected, and in 1780 he betrayed the Americans by going over to side with the British.


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