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  • George Washington begins his siege known as the battle of Yorktown  after hearing that the French ships were heading toward Chesapeake Bay instead of New York, they would end up marching for 15 days
  • The plan to attack Yorktown, Virginia was kept a secret so by the time General Clinton realized what as going on, it was too late
  • The plan worked perfectly, around 14000 American and  French troops surrounded Cornwallis and his 8000 troops, the British could not send reinforcements due to French Ships, the American and French blocked off escape routes in hope that the British would surrender
  • The British ran low on supplies, an aide of General Washington named Alexander Hamilton captured British defenses, Cornwallis saw how hopeless he was and surrendered, all 8,000 British troops were captured a long with 200 guns
  • Fighting still went on after the battle at Yorktown. However the battle at Yorktown was the battle that convinced the British the war was too costly. The Americans and British had delegates sign the Final Treaty of Paris, under the treaty Great Britain recognized the United States as an independent nation, this was the end of the American Revolutionary War
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