On the 4th of March, 1776 George Washington, the Commander-in-Chief of the American Continental Army, ordered troops to occupy Dorchester Heights, a group of hills south of Boston overlooking its harbour. The troops then proceeded to put in place powerful cannons directed at the British soldiers, who had occupied Boston since the 19th of April, 1775. After a British attack on the defences was abandoned due to snowstorms, the British forces departed Boston by sea on the 17th of March, ending the Siege of Boston.
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