The British Army meticulously develops a strategy for defeating the rebellious colonies, which centers upon dividing the northern and southern colonies by occupying New York City and taking control of the Hudson River Valley. Even after the British defeat at Saratoga, Washington was persistent in his focus of eliminating the British occupation of New York and the goal of driving them out of the city. The Continental Army’s defensive positions encircling the city and the frequent clashes that ensued were a primary component of the war in the Mid-Atlantic.
The Crossroads storyline Defense of the Hudson examines the conflict directly related to the British occupation of New York and control of the river. Excellent exhibits on the early defense of the Hudson and the British assault on New Jersey are located in the visitor center at the Fort Lee Historic Park. Comprehensive presentation of this storyline should be undertaken through collaboration with the Hudson River National Heritage Area and their interpretation of the Revolutionary War in the Lower Hudson.