The Battle Of Yorktown

The Battle Of Yorktown

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  • The Battle of Yorktown
  • We must defeat the British! Join me in this noble cause!
  • It's a deal!
  • This way. We must not let Clinton know where we are going.
  • By Hudson Fry Period 6
  • The French, under the command of Comte de Rochambeau, made an alliance with America, under George Washington. The goal was to defeat the British and gain independence for the colonies.
  • Fine. Fine. I surrender!
  • You must surrender Cornwallis! You are surrounded.
  • After deciding against attacking the British under General Clinton at New York, General Washington marched his troops to Yorktown, Virginia. This was where General Cornwallis of the British was stationed. They marched some 200 miles in 15 days. General Clinton was not informed of this movement until it was too late, so he couldn't help General Cornwallis.
  • Treaty of Paris Signature _____________
  • The American and French troops on the ground and French ships surrounded Cornwallis on the peninsula of Yorktown. They didn't allow supplies to reach Cornwallis or Cornwallis to escape. The American and French forces relentlessly attacked. 
  • After giving into the fact that the battle was hopeless, Cornwallis was forced to surrender. The Americans took around 8,000 soldiers prisoner and received more war supplies.
  • After the defeat at Yorktown, the British decided the war to be too costly. Finally, in 1783, the Treaty of Paris was signed. This officially ended the war, and among other things established the United States as an independent nation. The patriots had won!
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