German engraving of the Battle of Saratoga, 1777.
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German engraving of Battle of Saratoga
Depicting a large horse and rider as the focal point of an imaginary scene of the Battle of Saratoga.

Credit: Library of Congress

European nations kept close watch on the battles of the American war for independence, for what their outcome might tell them about their own chances of success against the British military. This imaginary scene of the Battle of Saratoga was engraved in Germany.

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