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The victory at Yorktown that ultimately forced Britain to accept the inevitability of American independence was the direct result of assistance from three Frenchman and a little known Spaniard.
The army that Washington brought south from New York to Virginia was mostly comprised of regular army French troops commanded by the Comte de Rochambeau whose perseverance almost rivaled that of Washington. Each morning, thousands of commuters cross the Potomac over the Rochambeau Bridge into DC and I’ll bet that, like most Americans, the vast majority don’t know who he was. Without him, Washington and his tenuous Continental Army would have been ineffectualMore