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The Battle of Yorktown 1781

The American Revolution 1776-1783-Focus Activity Josüe Bayle
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Josüe Bayle The Battle of Yorktown 1781 What is the Battle of Yorktown? The Battle of Yorktown is the last major battle of the Revolutionary War, which resulted in the surrender of British forces. This battle is also called The Siege Yorktown. http://www.history.com/videos/1781-victory-at-yorktown-helps-end-the-american-revolution#1781-victory-at-yorktown-helps-end-the-american-revolution What was the purpose of the Battle of Yorktown? General George Washington found out that Lieutenant General Lord Charles Cornwallis and his army were settling in Yorktown, Virginia. He saw Cornwallis' decision as a golden opportunity to attack the British. Who was involved in the Battle of Yorktown? General Washington commanded 8,800 Americans with the help of Lieutenant General de Rochambeau who commanded 7,800 French. Major General Lord Cornwallis commanded 6,000 British. Where did the Battle of Yorktown happened? The Battle of Yorktown occurred in Yorktown, Virginia. When did the Battle of Yorktown happened? 28th September to 19th October 1781. How many soldiers died during the Battle of Yorktown? The colonist and the French lost 78 soldiers with 180 soldiers wounded. British lost 156 soldiers with 326 soldiers wounded. The Aftermath With the Americans blocking the land and the French blocking the sea, the British knew that they lost the battle causing them to surrender. The British signed The Treaty of Paris of 1783, which ended The Revolutionary War. Citations 1) Garcia, Jesus. Et al. Creatimg America. McDougall. LittleEvanston, ll. 2011. 2) Smith, C. Carter. The Revolutionary War: A Sourcebook on Colonial America. Brookfield, CT: Millbrook, 1991. Print. 3) Hickman, Kennedy. "American Revolution: Battle of Yorktown." About.com Military History. N.p., n.d. Web. 04 Nov. 2012. 4) "American Revolution War." American Revolution : The Battle of Yorktown. N.p., n.d. Web. 04 Nov. 2012. 5) "Battle of Yorktown Begins." History.com. A&E Television Networks, n.d. Web. 04 Nov. 2012. 6) "Victory at Yorktown." History.com. A&E Television Networks, n.d. Web. 04 Nov. 2012. 7) "Battles of Yorktown and Virginia Capes." History.com. A&E Television Networks, n.d. Web. 04 Nov. 2012. 8) “American Victory at Yorktown.” 2012. The History Channel website. Nov 4 2012 THE END!!! Why did the British want to set up base at Yorktown? The British settled in Yorktown because it's easy to defend from attacks by land and easy to escape by water. Also, Yorktown helped the British receive supplies from New York and the West Indies. What's the plan? With the help of the French, the plan was to block all the British route. This plan would prevent the British from escaping and receive supplies from New York and the West Indies.
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