Celebration of the Franco-American alliance in the Revolution

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The John Carter Brown Library at Brown University, in collaboration with the Rhode Island Rochambeau Commission, will host a symposium and historical re-enactment on Saturday, June 17, 2006, in commemoration of the 225th anniversary of the historic march to Yorktown, Va. The symposium, titled France and the American Revolution, will be followed by a horse-led procession from The College Green to the Rhode Island State House for a military review and ceremony. The public is invited to take part in the procession. In 1781, American and French armies under the command of Gen. George Washington and the Comte de Rochambeau, embarked on a 600-mile march from Rhode Island to Virginia, where they fought and defeated the British on the Yorktown peninsula. The victory ended the major battles of the American Revolutionary War. Prior to the march, Brown University, then named the College of Rhode Island, served as an encampment site for French troops, and the College Edifice, now University Hall, was turned into a military hospital.

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