Ethan allen american revolutionary war

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Ethan Allen//Benedict Arnold and Ft Ticonderoga

Ethan Allen

Ethan Allen was born in Litchfield, Connecticut in He fought in the American Revolutionary War. Allen was the leader of the Green Mountain Boys and along with Benedict Arnold captured Fort Ticonderoga from the British in in what was the first American victory of the war. Around , Ethan made his first visit to the New Hampshire Grants, which is presently in the state of Vermont. In , Ethan married Mary Brownson and they had five children. Although Ethan served in the French and Indian War, he did not see any action.

Ethan Allen

At the outbreak of the American Revolution, he raised his force of Green Mountain Boys organized in and Connecticut troops and helped capture the British fort at Ticonderoga, New York May 10, Congress gave Allen the brevet rank of colonel with back pay, but he did not serve in the war after his release. Instead, he devoted his time to local affairs in Vermont, especially working for separate statehood from New York. Failing to achieve this, he attempted to negotiate the annexation of Vermont to Canada. Ethan Allen.

He is best known as one of the founders of the U. He was the brother of Ira Allen and the father of Frances Allen. Born in rural Connecticut , Allen had a frontier upbringing but also received an education that included some philosophical teachings. In the late s he became interested in the New Hampshire Grants , buying land there and becoming embroiled in the legal disputes surrounding the territory. Legal setbacks led to the formation of the Green Mountain Boys , whom Allen led in a campaign of intimidation and property destruction to drive New York settlers from the Grants.

Instead, Ethan, the oldest of seven children, took over the family landholdings. Having acquired land in the area, in Ethan Allen became the colonel-commandant of the Green Mountain Boys, a militia founded in what is now Bennington, Vermont, to defend the New Hampshire Grants. Allen and his boys proposed political independence for their district between the Connecticut River and Lake Champlain before the American Revolution caused their attention to shift towards independence from Britain. In , Allen and the Green Mountain Boys captured Fort Ticonderoga from the British in a joint effort with Colonel Benedict Arnold , who had been commissioned by Massachusetts and Connecticut to stage an attack to prevent British forces from marching on Boston. The same force took control of Crown Point, New York , the following day without facing any opposition. The two easy victories garnered for the Patriots much-needed cannon that they then used to drive the British from Boston. Later in the year, the British captured Allen during the botched Patriot attempt to seize Quebec.


  1. Cerise C. says:

    Ethan Allen was born in in Litchfield, Connecticut. He fought in the French and Indian War and the American Revolution. With Benedict.

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