Benedict Arnold was once a very patriotic man, but due to the fact that he was mistreated by the American government he became a trader for this nation. He fought multiple times for the American militia, but thought that he wasn’t respected and he felt humiliated. It is also thought that money played a part in Arnold’s betrayal. By May 1779, Benedict had begun barging with the British. (Billias)
Arnold was the second born of six children, only two of which survived in to adult hood. His father was a successful businessman, but after the death of four of his children he picked up drinking, the money that the family had quickly dwindled. ("Benedict Arnold”) After the family money had been lost and Benedict could no longer attend school he went to apprentice for his mother’s cousins, brothers Daniel and Joshua Lathrop, who operated a successful apothecary in Norwich. ("Benedict Arnold”) In 1759, Arnold enlisted in the militia to fight the French.
In 1769, a few years after Arnold had returned home he formed a partnership with Adam Babcock. ("Benedict Arnold Biography") They established trade connections with the West Indies after purchasing three trading ships. During the sugar and stamp act Arnold joined the Sons of liberty, a secret organization opposed to Parliament measures. Arnold was convicted of disorderly conduct and charged a penalty after participating in the assault of a presumed informant. ("Benedict Arnold Biography")
When the revolutionary war broke out Arnold was a Militia captain. As his troops marched Northeast towards Boston Benedict requested permission from the Massachusetts committee of safety to seize New York’s Fort Ticonderoga. (Billias) Ethan Allen and his Green Mountain Boys also wanted to capture Fort Ticonderoga. Arnold was upset and surprised that Allen wasn’t at all concerned that he had requested permission from the committee of safety. (Billas) Eventually Arnold had to concede to accompany Allen and his troops. May 10,...
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