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Battles at Lexington and Concord
Battle of Bunker Hill
Battle of Trenton
Battle of Saratoga
Battle of Yorktown
On Christmas night, 1776, Washington led 2,400 soldiers across the ice-clogged Delaware River. As morning broke, the mean marched through the snow to reach the enemy camp. The Hessian, having celebrated the holiday the night before, were fast asleep. The Battle of Trenton was an important Patriot victory.
Treaty of Paris of 1783
British general John Burgoyne decided to push through New York State and cut off New England. He and General Howe planned to meet up and cut the Patriots off, but their plan did not work. As Burgoyne had neared Saratoga, he had found himself surrounded, and on October 17, 1777, he was forced to surrender. It was the turning point of the Revolutionary War.
In 1781, George Washington saw a chance to stop British General Cornwallis at Yorktown, so he combined his 2,500 with 4,000 French troops commanded by the Comte de Rochambeau. The Patriots surrounded Cornwallis with some 16,000 soldiers, and on October 19, 1781, Cornwallis surrendered. The Battle of Yorktown was the last major battle of the American revolution.
After Yorktown, only a few small battle took place. Lacking the money to pay for a new army, Great Britain entered into peace talks with America. In the Treaty of Paris of 1783, Great Britain recognized the independence of the United States.
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