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The Treaty of Paris ends the American War of Independence

Posted in Anniversary, Famous battles, History on Tuesday, 24 August 2010

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picture, Lord Cornwallis surrenders to George Washington at Yorktown

Lord Cornwallis surrenders to George Washington at Yorktown. Illustration by Severino Baraldi

3 September marks the anniversary of the end of the American War of Independence. The war, fought between Great Britain and thirteen of its colonies in North America, the culmination of the American Revolution. Americans had formally declared their independence in 1776 and a bitter struggle ensued, with Britain backed by France, Spain and Holland. The war, however, went to the Americans and came to an end with the surrender of Cornwallis at Yorktown in 1781.

The official end of the war celebrated today was the day of the signing of the Treaty of Paris in 1783 which formally ended the conflict between Great Britain and the United States of America.

More picture relating to the War of Independence can be found here. Many more illustrations relating to the history of the United States of America can be found at the Look and Learn picture library.

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