The British get off to a late start, not assembling their massive invasion force at New York until August 1776. When they disembark on Staten Island, the Continentals see the largest overseas military force Britain had ever assembled.
The British fleet sails past ineffective Continental defenses. Admiral Howe attempts to begin peace talks without any luck.
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