This French map features the American and French forces in Yorktown, Virginia, at the time of the British surrender on October 19, 1781. British commander Charles Cornwallis capitulated after Washington’s successful siege of Yorktown. Continental troops surround the British forts (colored red), and the French navy forms a blockade in the Chesapeake Bay. French ships also line up across from British ships, one of which is on fire. This map, printed in Paris, emphasizes the significance of French military assistance for the Americans’ victory. The map acknowledges America’s success, but it also celebrates a French triumph over a longtime enemy.
The physical item is not available at the Boston Public Library.
This map can be viewed as a georeferenced overlay in an interactive application made especially for We Are One: Mapping America’s Road from Revolution to Independence. View the application here.