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The Battle of Long Island, 1776, by Domenick D'Andrea
The Battle of Long Island, also known as the Battle of Brooklyn and the Battle of Brooklyn Heights, was an action of the American Revolutionary War fought on Tuesday, August 27, 1776, at the western edge of Long Island in the present-day Brooklyn, New York. The British defeated the Americans and gained access to the strategically important Port of New York, which they held for the rest of the war. It was the first major battle to take place after the United States declared its independence on July 4, and in troop deployment and combat, it was the largest battle of the war.
After defeating the British in the siege of Boston
on March 17, commander-in-chief George Washington
relocated the Continental Army
to defend the port city of New York
, located at the southern end of Manhattan Island
. Washington understood that the city's harbor
would provide an excellent base for the Royal Navy
, so he established defenses there and waited for the British to attack. In July, the British, under the command of General William Howe
, landed a few miles across the harbor on the sparsely populated Staten Island
, where they were reinforced by a fleet of ships in Lower New York Bay
over the next month and a half, bringing their total force to 32,000 troops. Washington knew the difficulty in holding the city with the British fleet in control of the entrance to the harbor at the Narrows
, and accordingly moved the bulk of his forces to Manhattan, believing that it would be the first target. (Full article...
Cornell University is a private Ivy League and statutory land-grant research university, based in Ithaca, New York. Founded in 1865 by Ezra Cornell and Andrew Dickson White, Cornell was founded with the intention to teach and make contributions in all fields of knowledge — from the classics to the sciences, and from the theoretical to the applied. These ideals, unconventional for the time, are captured in Cornell's founding principle, a popular 1868 quotation from founder Ezra Cornell: "I would found an institution where any person can find instruction in any study."
The university is organized into seven undergraduate
colleges and seven graduate
divisions at its main Ithaca campus, with each college and division defining its specific admission standards and academic programs in near autonomy. The university also administers two satellite campuses, one in New York City
and one in Education City
. (Full article...
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