Lilly O’Sullivan D Block Mr. Gallagher
November 30, 2016
British forces once and for all. Washington quickly moved the new army, French forces sided with the
Continental Army in New York, south while the French fleet set a blockade off the Virginia coast for the
incoming british troops. The British fleet arrived in early September and the French fleet defeated them.
Days later, Washington and French General Comte de Rochambeau began their final attack on October
14, 1781. British General Lord Cornwallis now faced two armies much bigger than his and his escape
route from the Peninsula was blocked. While the battle proceeded on, the French fleet stopped the British
from being reinforced or escaping by sea. Realizing an escape was impossible, Cornwallis and his army
of 9,000 troops surrendered to Washington on October 19, 1781. The image above shows the Americans
storming the British redoubt, cutting down the barrier ready to attack!
1783- Treaty of Paris
The Treaty of Paris of 1783 was the recognition of American
Independence and the result as well as mark of the Revolutionary
War. The representatives of the United States, Great Britain, Spain,
and France signed the Treaty of Paris to signify America as a free
nation and agreement of the boundaries of the new republic. The
Continental Congress had originally named a five-person committee
to handle the negotiations: Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, John Jay,
Thomas Jefferson, and Henry Laurens. However, only Franklin,
Adams and Jay attended because Jefferson has travel complications
while Lauren was captured by the British. During the negotiations the
U.S delegation privately meeted with the British because of their
distrust towards the French. The Treaty of Paris contained these
1. “Great Britain recognized the Independence of the United
2. The Northern border between the United States and British
Canada was set from New England to the Mississippi River, primarily
along the Great Lakes.
3. The Mississippi River was established as the boundary
between the new United States and Spanish territory to the West.
Navigation on the river was to be forever open to the American and
4. Florida, which Britain had gained from the Spanish after the French and Indian War, was returned
to Spain. The border between Florida and the United States was set.
5. Great Britain agreed to withdraw its remaining troops from United States territory.
6. Congress pledged to recommend to the states that the rights and property of American loyalists be
restored and that no future action be taken against them. Persecution of loyalists continued after
the war, however.” (These proclamations have been taken directly from the book)
September, 1783 was the final treaty signing by all three nations including Spain.
The image above is the original Treaty of Paris in it’s cursive script.