French Three Decker 1757 Ville De Paris Model Ship
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On September 17, 1781, Washington and de Grasse dined on the Ville de Paris. Much to the amusement of the guests, the 6’2″ de Grasse kept calling the 6’4″ American “mon petit general.” On September 28, 1781, the combined Franco-American armies left Williamsburg for Yorktown; three weeks later, Cornwallis surrendered. Fighting would continue for another year, but American independence had been won on the banks of the York River and off the Capes of Virginia.
De Grasse’s flagship–Ville de Paris, was originally laid down in 1757 as the 90-gun Impétueux, and was funded by the City of Paris and renamed Ville de Paris in 1762 as a result of the don des vaisseaux, Duc de Choiseul’s campaign to raise funds for the navy from the cities and provinces of France.