Outlander history: Did the Battle of Saratoga really happen?

Outlander Season 7 -- Courtesy of Robert Wilson/STARZ
Outlander Season 7 -- Courtesy of Robert Wilson/STARZ /

There are many events that take place in Outlander, and some of them are based on real history. Did the Battle of Saratoga really happen?

When you look at historical fiction, you sometimes need to take events with a grain of salt. The real history can be reworked for the sake of fiction. Even when the real events happen, some of the facts can be changed slightly just to aid with the storytelling.

What about the Battle of Saratoga? This was used toward the end of Outlander Season 7A. In fact, there was a major moment where we feared that Jamie would be killed on the battlefield. Fortunately, we found out that he is alive and he and Claire are off to Scotland.

The battles that were shown were based on two real battles that took place in the same location. Here are the important facts about the Battle of Saratoga.

The two battles in Outlander took place

Like in the series, there were two battles. The first was called The Battle of Freeman’s Farm, and the second was called The Battle of Bemis Heights. These battles took place between Sept. 19, 1777 and Oct. 7, 1777.

Claire notes in the show that the Battle of Saratoga was a huge turning point for the Americans, and that’s true. It was after this, when the Americans declared victory, that the French joined the cause and arguably helped to lead the Americans to full victory over the British Crown.

Daniel Morgan and Benedict Arnold were both at the battles. Burgoyne was also there, and he didn’t get the promised reinforcements, which led to the British losing in the second battle. Of course, there are no signs of a certain Jamie Fraser in the battle, but that’s because he is a work of fiction—with elements of a real James Fraser being used here and there.

You can learn all about the Battle of Saratoga at what is now a National Historical Park.

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