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Maps detailing the American War of Independence have been published online as part of a wider release of documents from the collections of King George III. More than 3000 military maps, prints and views have been released by the Royal Collection Trust as part of commemorations marking the 200th anniversary of George III's death, on January 29, 1820.
Ranging from the 16th to the 18th Centuries, the documents include sketches, paintings, presentation maps of sieges, rough sketches drawn in the field, depictions of uniforms and foritification plans. As well as the American War of Independence, the collections paint a vivid portrait of conflicts throughout George's reign, including the Eighty Years War with the Netherlands, the Franco-Spanish War, the Seven Years War with France and the French Revolutionary Wars.
Some of the maps depicting the American War of Independence are two meters wide, and were thought to have been hung on purpose-made mahogany stands in Buckingham House, where George III took a keen interest in reviewing every detail of the war. Among the collection is a map of the Battle of Yorktown, where the British suffered their final defeat, the only map of its kind known to have survived outside of the USA. It is annotated with the phrase "The Field where the British laid down their Arms".
The full collection can be viewed via the Royal Collection Trust website. The direct link to maps relating to the American War of Independence is .