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Yorktown, Virginia

Yorktown. 1781 (detail)
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About 30 miles northwest of Norfolk, on the York River is the site where British General Cornwallis's troops were defeated by General Washington and French General Jean deRochambeau, who had been sent to America by King Louis XVI to assist in the battle against his longtime enemy, the British. The French fleet, under Admiral François de Grasse, blockaded the Chesapeake, hemming in Cornwallis and defeating the British naval forces, dooming the British campaign. Cornwallis surrendered to Washington on October 19, 1781, The Treaty of Paris was signed two years later, recognizing the independence of the United States.

Battle Plan. 1781
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