The note of the Ladies of Havana (Cuba)
George Washington’s army was crumbling. Lack of supplies and massive desertions. In addition, the French army reported that it only had supplies for 30 more days. and it needs reinforcements.
Washington’s own son died in Yorktown as a result of illness. Living conditions were getting worse. The bankruptcy of George’s army and the lack of resources of the French heralded the worst, there would be no battle at Yorktown.
The Triumph of Ladies’ Money
The money that the Ladies of Havana sent thanks to their collection, 1,000,000 pesos, saved the situation. George Washington literally jumped in the air, waving his hat when he received the news of the arrival of the money from Cuba.
Neither the entire French fleet would have gone to the Chesapeake, nor would General Rochembeau’s soldiers have received his salary, and supplies, nor would George Washington’s army have had that many soldiers.
The Battle of Yorktown could not take place without the money that came from Cuba.
The note of the ladies of Havana
“We send this money so that the children of American mothers are not born slaves”
John Trumbull’s words describe the situation well
“The gold and silver from Havana enabled US troops to trap Lord Cornwallis and his army, shown here surrendering at Yorktown after a 21-day siege”
But behind this fact the plan of Spain to help the 13 colonies was hidden, without direct action. Spain prepared the strategy for the English army to be defeated