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    Washington-Rochambeau National Historic Trail

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

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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?

Reenactors

Baron Closen, aide-de-camp to Rochambeau, wrote, "I had a chance to see the American army, man for man. It was really painful to see these brave men, almost naked with only some trousers and little linen jackets, most of them without stockings, but, would you believe it? Very cheerful and healthy in appearance.”