Treaty of Paris

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  • Hey
  • Y-yes?
  • Guess what?
  • What?
  • INDEPENDENCE
  • 
  • *sniffling*
  • During 1781, General George Washington, commanding 17,000 French and Continental troops, begins the siege known as the Battle of Yorktown against British General Lord Charles Cornwallis commanding about 9,000 British troops in Yorktown, Virginia.
  • Can we stop killing each other?
  • 1783 Treaty of Paris
  • Um,
  • By September 28, Washington had completely encircled Cornwallis and Yorktown with the combined forces of Continental and French troops.
  • Sure.
  • After three weeks of non-stop fighting, Cornwallis surrendered to Washington in the field at Yorktown on October 17, 1781, ending the War for Independence.
  • And they lived happily ever after
  • Peace negotiations began in 1782
  • Finally, on September 3, 1783, the Treaty of Paris was signed,
  • Formally recognizing the United States as a free and independent nation after eight years of war.
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