Along with Colonial Williamsburg and Jamestown, Yorktown is the third part of the historic triangle. Surrounded by wetlands, forests and protected nature areas, Yorktown is historically significant for being the site of the final battle in the Revolutionary War. In 1781, Washington's forces, aided by French troops and French ships, laid siege to Yorktown, trapping the British forces led by Lord Cornwallis. When Cornwallis surrendered, U.S. independence from Britain was secure.
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