Winning the War
How were the Americans finally able to defeat the British?
1778-The South becomes the main battleground of the war.
There were many Loyalists in the South. Sir Henry Clinton(British commander) hoped they would join the British.
The British take over Savannah, GA and Charleston, SC
Spring 1781-General Charles Cornwallis moved his troops to Virginia to cut off supplies to the south.
Battle of Yorktown-American troops led by Lafayette fought mini-battles against the larger British army, backing them into Yorktown (a peninsula). Washington came from the North and the French navy blocked a sea escape.
October 19, 1781-the British surrender
Treaty of Paris-The United States is recognized as an independent nation. The borders were set.