The End of After the loss of Burgoyne's army, Engthe war. land sent out fifteen thousand more men to America. The war was now raging most fiercely in the south, where the Loyalists were very strong. The Americans suffered one misfortune after another, and their cause seemed nearly ruined. Still Washington's courage and patience did not fail, and his hour of triumph came at last.
Lord Cornwallis, with a strong British force, had entrenched himself at Yorktown, in Virginia. But Washington, with the help of a French fleet, surrounded the town and obliged him to surrender with all his men.
This was a heavy blow to England. The people were tired of the war, and in 1783 peace was made. By the Treaty of Versailles, England acknowledged the independence of the United States, and gave up to the new nation the Ohio valley, that had been put, in 1774, under the government of Canada. The boundary line between Canada and the United States was not clearly drawn, however, and in after years this nearly caused another war./