Lead: In the 1700s the United States broke from England. No colony in history had done that before. This series examines America’s Revolution.

Intro: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts

Content: In spring 1775 perceptive minds all over New England and the middle states were focused on Fort Ticonderoga, a frontier fortress built between Lake Champlain and Lake George in the upper Hudson River Valley of New York. Capturing that fort could thwart attempts by the British to cut off New England from the lower colonies by taking the Valley. The colonial capture of that fort introduced two fascinating characters in the Revolutionary drama, Ethan Allen and Benedict Arnold.