Yorktown Travel Blog› entry 6 of 26 › view all entries
After the hustle and bustle of Williamsburg I go for the small town of Yorktown missing out on the oldest place in this area. Jamestown is the oldest none Spanish settlement in USA which has survived. I thought about going but then again apparently it is mostly just old ruins and if I want to look at ruins I could find better once closer to home. Hence I go for Yorktown which is still a living city.
Next to Yorktown are the fields where the battle of Yorktown took place which led to the final victory of the continental army and the recognition as an area independent of Britain.
Compared to Williamsburg this place is a lot more low key.
The main street is nice to walk around and have a look before heading out to see the victory monument for the battle of Yorktown. There is a big victory monument celebrating the final victory for the American rebels against the British. When you look at the victory monument one thing is striking. All the dead American and French troops are listed at the monument - and there are a lot more French names than American names.
Considering the present day relationship between France and USA it is interesting that a lot more French died in the fight for the American freedom here at Yorktown than locals. The French actually had a great deal of the honor of the victory - the French ships blockaded the British troops preventing them from much needed reinforcements and the French ships also prevented an escape by sea for Cornwallis hence he had to surrender his army and 7.000 British troops went into imprisonment. This was the last major battle of the American Revolutionary war. The British still had a lot of troops in the colonies and occupied important cities like New York, Charleston and Savannah. But in the British Parliament the support for the war vanished after the defeat and peace negotiation were imminent.
Well this was a short visit to Yorktown and a original piece of old USA history and time to hit the road to get moving further south - got to take advantage of the sunshine somewhere else tomorrow don’t know where yet but hey there’s lots of places to go.