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The British evacuation of Boston was a major victory for the patriots, and Washington's first victory.

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Following the Battle of Lexington and Concord, the patriots had the British blocked off in Boston. Although the British defeated the Americans in the Battle of Bunker Hill, major losses left the British in need of reinforcements from England.

In support of Washington's troops, Henry Knox, Chief of Artillery, brought the artillery captured at Fort Ticonderoga to fortify their position around Boston. He arrived in late January, 1776, after dragging 50 cannons by sled over 300 miles across snow covered mountains.

On the evening of March 4, the cannons were positioned on top of Dorchester Heights aimed at the British ships in Boston Harbor. The next morning when British General Howe saw the cannons aimed at him, he loaded his men and supplies onto their ships and left the Boston Harbor. He headed for Canada and set port in Halifax, Nova Scotia.


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