Two Hundred Years Ago We Won Our Independence

Wendel, Thomas
October 1981
National Review;10/30/1981, Vol. 33 Issue 21, p1258
The article traces the history of how the U.S. gained its independence in 1781. In November 1781, England received the news from Yorktown that British officer Charles Cornwallis and his entire army had fallen to the Americans. In the beginning, England thought the war would be quick and would only involve New England. However, a Continental Army and Bunker Hill foiled their plans. This failure prompted them to end the war in the middle colonies. On October 17, 1781. George Washington refused to allow the British the honors of war. When the British forces sailed back to New York on October 17, the British Empire in the U.S. ended.


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