By Steve Kovacs (Introduction by Chuck Gibson)

LOVELAND, OH (October 19, 2021) – In Issue 2021-202 of Steve Kovacs Fun with Maps, we remember the coming of the British – almost.

The World Turned Upside-Down

The mighty British military was surrounded and forced to surrender to George Washington at Yorktown 240 years ago today.   Although some skirmishes persisted on water, this defeat effectively ended the Revolutionary War and led to the establishment of the United States of America.

Pleading illness, British General Cornwallis did not attend the surrender ceremony, but sent his sword with his second-in-command.  The British military bands played “The World Turned Upside-Down” as almost 8000 men were told to step down from fighting.

Although it took almost 2 more years until the official signing of the Treaty of Paris which ended the war on paper, Yorktown is considered the battle that won America’s independence.

Senex captures eastern Virginia and Maryland plus Delaware in this map issued in 1719, which was 28 years after the founding of Yorktown.  Yorktown, which was called just York during the War, is located near the bottom center of the map.

Virginia, Maryland map – 1719 (Credit Steve Kovacs)

Steve Kovacs and his wife Theresa reside in Loveland, Ohio where they raised their two children. He is a passionate collector of antique maps.

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