What Enabled George Washington’s Victory Over Lord Cornwallis At Yorktown?
There were two factors that enabled General George Washington’s victory over British General Lord Cornwallis at the Battle of Yorktown.
So, the first and most important fact was the participation of French troops.
French participation made the American revolutionary’s side two times bigger than the British army.
In this battle 17,000, French and American troops fought against 9000 British troops.
The second fact was George Washington’s great character and war skill.
Washington was a well experienced and morally strong military General, which helped American and French allied power to be further strengthened.
Begun on 28th September 1781, this was the most significant and the last battle of the American revolutionary war.
On October 17th, 1781, after fully defeated, Lord Cornwallis surrendered to the Continental Army General George Washington.
It ended the war completely and after the treaty of Paris (September 3, 1783), America got recognized as a fully independent country.
What Enabled French Participation In The Battle of Yorktown?
In the 18th century, the Empire of Great Britain and the Empire of French were the two most powerful countries in the world.
But the problem was, they hated each other too much.
Due to the struggle for power, these two nations always lived in a confrontation.
From the year 1756 to 1763, Britain and the French fought the Seven Years War, where the Empire of French faced heavy defeat.
Before the Seven Years War, a large landmass of the American continent was also occupied by the French along with Britain.
But after this major defeat, French Empire completely lose all of the land areas.
This led to the formation of Britain’s monopoly over the entire continent of America.
Whatever happened, the French never forgot the loss.
Hence, even after the Seven Years War, they were still finding a way to take revenge over Britain.
Finally, the chance came as the Revolutionary War of America.
In 1778, February 6, 1778, the French finally jumped into the war from the colonists’ side against the British Empire.
And this participation assured the colonists’ victory.