On the 20th of November, 1776, the British Army captured Fort Lee, on the Hudson River. The fort had been constructed by George Washington's Continental Army with the intention of preventing the Royal Navy gaining control of the river. But when its stronger sister fort, Fort Washington, fell to the British on the 16th of November the Americans quickly abandoned Fort Lee knowing they couldn't hold it against the 5000 strong advancing army.
Fort Lee surrenders to British (71 words)
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