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American Revolution Conflicts Democracy

Battle of Yorktown

AE Curator Jul 16
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In October 1781 the Continental army, led by George Washington and aided by the French, defeated the British at Yorktown and effectively ended the American Revolution. With the will to fight all but lost, the British Parliament voted not to continue the war. In September 1783, the Treaty of Paris was signed by representatives of Great Britain and the United States that formally recognized American Independence. The expansive Yorktown battlefield and American Revolution Museum at Yorktown tell the story of this decisive battle.

Location: Yorktown
Image: National Park Service, Colonial National Historic Park


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