|In a pivotal event of the Revolutionary War, British Gen. Charles Cornwallis was trapped by the French fleet and the American army at Yorktown, Virginia. Cornwallis’ army attempted to escape late in the night via river crossing 242 years ago today, but their plan was ruined by a sudden squall line and storm. |
“At this critical moment,” Cornwallis wrote in his campaign report, “the weather from moderate and calm, changed to a most violent storm of wind and rain and drove all the boats, some of which had troops aboard, down the river.” The general’s subsequent surrender marked the beginning of the end of the war.
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|The phrase, in Portuguese, is “chover canivete.” |