Colonial National Historical Park

Yorktown
VA

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The park includes Historic Jamestowne and ...

Yorktown

1. Cape Henry Memorial
Site of the Jamestown settlement which also overlooks Chesapeake Bay where the Battle of the Capes (between British and French) helped secure the victory at Yorktown in 1781.
2. Yorktown National Battlefield
Site of the battle (1781) that effectively brought the Revolutionary War to an end. Includes Visitor Center and park ranger tours.

Eighteenth-century writers seemed uncertain how best to describe Britain’s relation to its many overseas possessions. Only tepidly did they employ the concept of empire since for them it carried uncomfortable baggage from ancient history. The traditional usage suggested that control over distant colonies and expansion into new regions depended on military might. But the notion that Great Britain was a modern-day Rome, dispatching powerful legions to conquer the world, did not sit well with a people who celebrated liberty and rights, the blessings of living under a balanced constitution.

T. H. Breen
The Marketplace of the Revolution (2004)