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From the earliest moments of the War for Independence, each side knew that the key to victory was the Hudson River. The hotbed of the revolution was in Boston and most of Gen. George Washington’s nascent Continental Army were from the northeast. The river separated the northeast from the rest of the country. If the British took control of the river, the head would be cut off from the body, and both sides knew what would follow.

By 1776, the British had seized New York City and held on to Canada, and had a water route just about the entire way between the two. Blocking British ships became paramount. But American fortifications in the valley were not sufficient. Gen. George Washington needed a great idea. He got it from an English-born patriot named Thomas Machin.

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*  Hudson River Museum, Yonkers, NY

*  New Britain Museum of American Art

*  Lyman Allyn Museum, New London, CT

*  Flames Of Autumn, Thomas Cole And The Birth Of The Hudson River School

*  Images of the American Revolution


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