[1781] - Cornwallis surrenders to Washington at Yorktown

The siege of Yorktown was the last major land battle of the American Revolutionary Wars. It began on 28 September 1781 as George Washington and the Comte de Rochambeau led a combined assault of American and French forces against the British army under the command of Lord Cornwallis. Cornwallis surrendered on 19 October after two days of prolonged negotiation. In total more than 7,000 British soldiers were captured. The defeat at Yorktown signalled the end of the Revolutionary Wars, resulting in the Treaty of Paris, signed on 3 September 1783, which confirmed American Independence.

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