Washington decided to fight the British in Virginia instead of New York. How would he prepare for battle?

The Battle of the Chesapeake

The Battle of the Chesapeake

The Battle of the Chesapeake, or the Battle of the Virginia Capes, happened before Yorktown between the French and British navies. It was the first major naval defeat of the British by the French since 1690.

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George Washington: Spymaster

George Washington: Spymaster

To keep the British from guessing their plans, Washington started an act of deception. His spies purposefully lost papers with fake plans, and fake camps were set up around New York.

Why spies?

George Washington's Role in the Battle of the Chesapeake

What was Washington's role in this naval battle? Watch a short video to learn more.

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