The Battle of Yorktown

October 9th, 1781

Why the Battle of Yorktown happened.

The Battle of Yorktown started because the colonists were still fighting for their independence from the British. The colonists wanted to show the British and other countries that they could live on their own.

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What happened during the Battle of Yorktown.

The British were marching to the North but the Americans trapped the British and rerouted the British. The British defense was weakening so Washington sent two columns to attack the last remaining British defense. The British soon surrendered on October 19th. The British soon realized that the American colonists knew what they were doing. The Treaty of Paris was then signed on September 3, 1783.

Facts on the Battle of Yorktown.

1) Washington captured 8,000 British soldiers.

2) The Battle of Yorktown was the last major battle of the Revolutionary War.

3) On October 19th colonists attacked and the British surrendered.

4) After the battle was over the two countries negotiated and the Treaty of Paris was signed and the colonists won their freedom.

5) The Battle of Yorktown was fought in Virginia.

6) General Cornwallis said he was sick and didn't show up to the surrender. He sent General Charles O'Hara to surrender his sword.

7) The French were also involved in the Battle of Yorktown.

8) The British tried to surrender to the French, but they made the British surrender to the Americans.

9) America declared its independence in 1776 but it took another five years to win freedom from the British.

10) British expected help from British ships sent from New York, but they never arrived.

Yorktown, Virginia

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The Battle of Yorktown.

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