When did the fighting of the American War for Independence end?
In school we learn that the war came to an end at Yorktown. But, this lesson omits all of the fighting that took place after Charles, Earl Cornwallis’ surrender in October 1781.
Today, Don Glickstein, author of After Yorktown: The Final Struggle for American Independence, takes us on a whirlwind and global tour of the fighting that took place after Yorktown.
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Ben Franklin’s World is a podcast about early American history.
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In this episode, Don Glickstein, author of After Yorktown: The Final Struggle for American Independence, takes us on a whirlwind and global tour of all the fighting that took place during the War for Independence after Cornwallis’ surrender in October 1781.
During our global tour of the war, Don reveals details about the Battle of Yorktown; Fighting that took place in North America, the Caribbean, Mediterranean, and India; And, when the war actually ended and what happened when it came to an end.
What You’ll Discover
- Why Don avoids using the terms “Patriots” and “Loyalists”
- The Battle of Yorktown
- French military and financial assistance
- How Britons and Americans reacted to the Battle of Yorktown
- Fighting in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia
- Francis Marion, the Swamp Fox
- Fighting in New York’s Mohawk Valley
- Colonel Walter Butler
- The fight for Arkansas Post
- Why France and Spain joined the War for Independence
- Fighting in the Caribbean
- How the American Revolution became a European conflict
- Fighting in the Mediterranean
- How the American War for Independence manifested in India
- Hyder Ali, General and Leader of Mysore
- Admiral Pierre André de Suffren
- The British evacuation of the United States
- Fate of Native American allies
- Why the War for Independence ended on May 12, 1784
Links to People, Places, and Publications
- Don Glickstein
- Don’s Website
- After Yorktown: The Final Struggle of American Independence
- Arkansas Post National Memorial
- Episode 037: Kathleen DuVal, Independence Lost
- Episode 071: Bruce Venter, Saratoga and Hubbardton, 1777
Time Warp Question
In your opinion what might have happened if Cornwallis had not surrendered at Yorktown in October 1781? Would the war have played out any differently than it did given that so much fight took place in North America, and around the globe, between 1781 and 1783?
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