Saratoga Springs marks the spot where a decisive battle of the American Revolutionary War took place. There at Saratoga Springs, General Gates handed the British a crushing defeat. It was a defeat that led to some interesting developments. If two historians doing some Saratoga Springs dating were later to marry, they might want to follow the route of those developments.
If that were to happen, then some Saratoga Springs dating might eventually lead to a honeymoon in York, PA. That is because of what General Gates later did in York. Following his victory at Saratoga Springs, General Gates developed a dangerous plot. It was the sort of plot that could have altered the history books of all youth now taking part in any Saratoga Springs dating.
General Gates wanted to take control of the Continental Army from General Washington. He thus planned to transfer Lafayette away from Washington’s side. He even arranged to have Lafayette attend a dinner in York. At that dinner none of the guests had words for General Washington that might copy something in the Saratoga Springs personals. In fact, no one had a kind word for Washington, no one except Lafayette.
The praise of Washington made by Lafayette embarrassed the others at the dinner, and caused them to re-evaluate their planned support for Gates’ plot. While they worried about how to stop the plot, Washington, in his wisdom, saw the foolishness of Gates’ next action. Gates sent Lafayette to New York, with the intention of invading Canada.
Gates foolishly did not provide Lafayette with enough troops or provisions for such an invasion. Thus Lafayette returned to Washington’s side, and Gates fellow plotters lost their desire to carry out the plot. Had Gates gone through with that plot, one wonders how that might have changed the current approach to Saratoga Springs dating.
Perhaps, if Gates had gone through with his plot, Britain might have come out of the war victorious. Perhaps, if Gates had gone through with his plot, the dating in Saratoga Springs would follow much the same pattern as the dating in London. Certainly no two historians in Saratoga Springs would want to visit the scene of Gates victory during a date.
For them the scene of Gates victory would then be a reminder of what might have been, had Gates not let his self-confidence take over his good sense. For them the scene of Gates victory might act as a warning, a warning that even the joy of a date can disappear, if one does not correctly gage the capabilities of others. Especially if one chooses to ignore the messages that come across in the words and actions of a dating partner.