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To His Excellency Genl. Washington, Commander in Chief of the armies of the United States of America

Sebastian Bauman, a topographical engineer who immigrated to North America from Germany, created this map shortly after the British surrender at Yorktown. Dedicated to George Washington, it was the first American-published map of the battle. The plan depicts the British troops (colored red), who were waiting for new supplies and reinforcements, surrounded by the French and American troops (colored yellow and blue). Bauman used pictorial symbols to represent the French navy’s victory over the British in the York River. The lower portion contains a description of the battle embellished with instruments of war and the American flag, one of its earliest representations on a published map.

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  • George Washington's Mount Vernon
  • 1782
  • English
  • African-American History
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  • United States
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