Robert A. Selig is a historical consultant with a PhD in history from the Universität Würzburg in Germany and has served as project historian for the Washington-Rochambeau Revolutionary Route since 1997.
The Washington-Rochambeau Revolutionary Route National Historic Trail (the Route) was created in March 2009 when President Barack Obama signed into law Public Law 111-11, the Omnibus Public Land Management Act, making it the youngest of the 19 National Historic Trails (NHTs) in the NPS system.
France’s support in America’s struggle for independence was crucial in achieving victory at Yorktown. The Washington-Rochambeau Revolutionary Route National Historic Trail celebrates that victory and the Franco-American friendship that has endured until today. The trail is a 680 mile-long series of roads used by the Continental Army under the command of George Washington and the Expédition Particulière under the command of Jean-Baptiste de Rochambeau during their 1781 march from Newport, Rhode Island to Yorktown, Virginia.
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