The news of the American victory at Yorktown spreads like wildfire around the globe. Patriots celebrate and Loyalists begin evacuating, as Washington awaits the next British move. Parliament's growing anti-war faction forces the King to sue for peace and agree to American independence. John Adams joins Benjamin Franklin in France to negotiate the treaty of 1783. But the new nation is broke and confused, as Washington resigns his commission and Congress disbands the standing Continental army. The thirteen American states convene a Constitutional Convention to hammer out a new form of government, and urge a reluctant Washington to become American's first President.
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