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.

At the end of March [1783] Franklin applied to [French Foreign Secretary] Vergennes for permission to publish a complete translation of the United States constitutions in French, the only language in which they could be widely read. He was eager to correct Europe’s misapprehensions about the new nation; he knew as well that he was offering up an advertisement for American trade and immigration.... Copies went out over the summer to the entire diplomatic corps and, in extravagantly bound editions, to Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette. The most influential of Franklin’s European publications the constitutions were universally well received.

Stacy Schiff
A Great Improvisation: Franklin, France, and the Birth of America (2005)