John André

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Major John André (1750-1780) was a British military officer who served in the American Revolutionary War (1775-1783). He is best known for negotiating with the American turncoat Benedict Arnold, who offered to hand over the stronghold of West Point. The plot was exposed when André was captured behind American lines, leading to his execution as a spy.

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  • 18 May 1778
    A 13-hour fete, the Mischianza, is held in Philadelphia by the British army to mark the departure of General Howe; it the largest party of the American Revolution.
  • 23 Sep 1780
    British Major John André is captured, exposing the treason of Benedict Arnold.
  • 2 Oct 1780
    Major André is hanged in Tappan, New York, accused of being a British spy.
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