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    Washington-Rochambeau National Historic Trail

    National Historic Trail MA,RI,CT,NY,NJ,PA,DE,MD,VA,DC


1776 etching

Prints & Photographs Division, Library of Congress, LC-USZ62-112159

The War for Independence
The War for Independence was the result of political clashes between Great Britain and the American colonists. The War for Independence lasted eight and a half years, with successes and defeats on both sides. America looked to another enemy of the British, France, for help in their struggle for independence. The American and French alliance would lead to victory.

Surrender painting small

Yale University Art Gallery, Trumbull Collection

The Washington-Rochambeau Revolutionary Route
The Washington-Rochambeau Revolutionary Route National Historic Trail is over 680 miles of land and water trails that follow the route taken by General Washington and General Rochambeau to and from the siege of Yorktown, a pivotal event in the War for Independence. The NHT passes through Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, and what is now Washington, D.C.

Did You Know?


Revolutionary War veteran Joseph Plumb Martin, in his 1830 memoir, recounted the surrender of the British, “we were marched on to the ground and paraded on the righthand side of the road, and the French forces on the left. We waited two or three hours before the British made their appearance; they were not always so dilatory, but they were compelled at last, by necessity, to appear, all armed, with bayonets fixed, drums beating, and faces lengthening.”