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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 seeing the French fleet under Admiral de Grasse for the first time, “[We] soon arrived at the mouth of James’ river, where were a number of armed French vessels and two or three fifty gun ships. We passed in sight of the French fleet, then lying in Lynnhaven bay; they resembled a swamp of dry pine trees.”