Although the loss at Yorktown took the heart out of whatever support the British still had for the war, it took King George III many months before he finally agreed to accept defeat. Early in 1783, representatives of the United States and Britain signed a peace treaty in Paris. Great Britain agreed to recognize the United States as an independent nation and gave up its claims to all land between the Atlantic coast and the Mississippi River
With Yorktown exploding around him, Cornwallis clung to hope that the British navy would come to his rescue. When no ships arrived, he finally agreed to surrender. As his men surrendered their arms in a huge ceremony, Cornwallis claimed to be ill. Many of the British soldiers wept as they slowly laid down their weapons. American civilians attending the ceremony were far from sad.
In 1777, a British force led by General John Burgoyne advanced toward New York from Canada. When he reached the town of Saratoga, he and his men found themselves surrounded by a larger American army led by General Horatio Gates. After a desperate attack, the British realized they were trapped and Burgoyne surrendered. The Battle of Saratoga was the first major American victory.
On June 16, 1775, about 1,200 militiamen set up fortifications at Bunker Hill and nearby Breed’s Hill across the harbor from Boston. The next day, redcoats crossed the harbor and charged up Breed’s Hill. Under orders not to fire until they could “see the whites” of the redcoats’ eyes, American soldiers were able to push back the British three times before being forced to retreat. The British won the Battle of Bunker Hill but suffered heavy losses.
The Battle of Lexington and Concord was also known as 'the shot heard around town.' This battle marks where and when the first shot started, however, it is not clear which party fired the first shot. This battle was a victory for the British!