𝗗𝗶𝗱 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗸𝗻𝗼𝘄 𝘁𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗨.𝗦.𝗔'𝘀 𝗜𝗻𝗱𝗲𝗽𝗲𝗻𝗱𝗲𝗻𝗰𝗲 𝗽𝗹𝗮𝘆𝗲𝗱 𝗮𝗻 𝗶𝗺𝗽𝗼𝗿𝘁𝗮𝗻𝘁 𝗿𝗼𝗹𝗲 𝗶𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗵𝗶𝘀𝘁𝗼𝗿𝘆 𝗼𝗳 𝗺𝗼𝗱𝗲𝗿𝗻 𝗣𝗲𝗻𝗮𝗻𝗴?
This is an oil painting by John Trumbull entitled "The Surrender of Lord Cornwallis". It depicts the surrender of British Lieutenant General Charles Cornwallis (of Penang's Fort Cornwallis) at Yorktown, Virginia on October 19, 1781, ending the Siege of Yorktown, and virtually guaranteeing American independence. Included in the depiction are many American troops leaders who took part in the siege, including George Washington.
It was the lost of British on American war that led the British to throw more resources to the east, especially South East Asia.
After Cornwallis lost the War of Independence, he served as the Governor-General and commander in chief in India.
Cornwallis then helped Francis Light to establish a new company based at Penang. Fort Cornwallis in Penang is named after Cornwallis.