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George Washington

Updated: Dec 9, 2021

If the American Revolution created the modern idea of self-governing societies, it surely produced leaders who could enact those principles for others to follow. Once again, we come to George Washington.

"The final episode of the American Revolution was the Battle of Yorktown, Virginia.

Our manoeuvres were more complex that time. In addition, our expeditionary force had an additional figure by my side, the French General Rochambeau. With the decisive collaboration of Admiral De Grasse's French fleet, we succeeded in blockading the British troops in the city, under the leadership of their General Cornwallis. The latter, deprived of aid and blocked by both land and sea, decided, after a brief siege and heavy bombardment by our artillery, to surrender with all his troops.

That autumn, an armistice was called for. Cornwallis proposed terms that were shamefully unacceptable to me. Without hope, the English general had to accept the surrender of his men, who were clearly outnumbered by our Franco-American troops. Thus, he accepted the unconditional surrender; it was the end of the war and the newly born United States of America was finally independent.

In Annapolis, there was the nation's Capitol, where Congress met the Senate in November 1783 until the summer of the following year. During this time, I was presented to Congress to resign my position as commander-in-chief of the Continental Army. The Treaty of Paris was ratified, marking the official end of the Revolutionary War."

Washington set the precedent for the American ideal that obtaining power was not the main objective in life. In relinquishing his command, the army would not have a dictator at its helm. And in embodying the principles of the American Revolution, George Washington once again proved why he was and remains America’s indispensable man.

By Giorgia, author of the tour "George Washington. We the people"

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