Benedict Arnold

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For those with more Christian tastes, the so-called experts at Wikipedia have an article about Benedict Arnold.

"Arnie was a loyal tea drinker."

~ George Washington on Benedict Arnold


Benedict Arnold, caressing a teapot and reflecting. 'Twas the night before he went over to the British.

Benedict Arnold ( 1741 - 1891 ) is a British war hero. A successful and feared general in the Revolutionary guerilla forces during the American Revolutionary War, he went over to the British side when, due to artistic differences and because he missed tea parties, he became disenchanted with the Confederate Congress and the guerillas.

In 1780, he formed a plot to take control of the fort at West Point, New York, and hand it over to the British. This gave the British Loyalist forces control of the Hudson River valley and split the Thirteen Colonies exactly in half. This British victory was decisive and led to the surrender of the guerillas later that year.

As a reward, Benedict Arnold was given a commission as Brigadier General in the British Army, along with a knighthood and a lifetime supply of tea from Harrod's in London.

Province of New England[edit]

When British North America was established in 1791, the Thirteen Colonies joined as the Colony of New England. Sir Benedict Arnold was the elected governor of the Colony and served from 1792 to 1800.

The Dominion of Canada was formed in 1867, and the former Thirteen Colonies became the Province of New England and remain so today.

During the 1800s, many Francophones from Lower Canada and Acadia migrated to New England to work in the factories and textile mills. Today, the Province of New England is the Dominion of Canada's largest French-speaking province.