Comte de Rochambeau born in France, served in the military attaining the rank of Brigadier General. In 1781, as Lieutenant-General of all French troops in America under George Washington, Rochambeau encouraged Washington to combine their forces against Cornwallis on the Virginia Peninsula. Their plan involved moving 12,000 men, supplies, and two French fleets to the Chesapeake without alarming the British. This successful endeavor resulted in the Battle of the Chesapeake, the Siege of Yorktown, and the surrender of Cornwallis on October 19, 1781.
The Revolutionary War was fought from 1775 to 1783. It began as a revolt of the colonies against what they believed was unfair taxation. While it started as a conflict between Great Britain and the thirteen American colonies, it soon became a global conflict. France actively sided with the colonies, and the French naval fleet was instrumental in defeating the British at Yorktown. Holland supplied the colonies weapons, while Spain supplied funding and diverted British forces by fighting on a second front and winning back Spanish forts in Florida that they lost during the Seven Years War. No independent country sided with Great Britain, but Britain employed German mercenaries, known as Hessians.
This Comte de Rochambeau history mug is part of our Revolutionary War series which includes many of the notable figures who played major roles during this conflict.
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