After the battle at Yorktown, things finally began to slow down. General Cornwallis stepped into a trap at Yorktown where French General Admiral de Grasse, who was operating a powerful fleet, and American's General Washington who was leading how own troops accompanied by Rochambeau's French army, got General Cornwallis cornered and got him to surrender seven thousand troops on October 19, 1781. This was a major blow to Britain, but stubbornly, King George III, would not give up. Fighting continued for more than a year after Yorktown, with Patriot-Loyalists warfare in the South, but then war stopped. Britons were weary of war and increasingly ready to come to terms. They had suffered heavy reverses in India and in West Indies. The Treaty of Paris of 1783, the British formally recognized the independence of the United States. On July 4, 1776, the Declaration of Independence was formally approved by the Congress. The document invoked anything Britain created to suppress America. It invoked imposing taxes without consent, dispending with trial by jury, abolishing valued laws, establishing a military dictatorship, maintain standing armies in peacetime, cutting off trade, burning towns, hiring mercenaries, and inciting hostility among the Indians. What the document included for the people of America is "all men are created equal" and natural rights" of humankind- not just British rights. Many Americans remained loyal to Britain because they were recent immigrants, like Georgia was only founded in 1730. It had strong personal attachments with Britain, or felt that problems could be resolved. This included many ethnic and religious minorities, like Catholics, who were not fully integrated into American society. In the Revolution, about 30% of people were Loyalist, or nearly half a million. Of these, about 100,000 left. After the Declaration of Independence in 1776, Loyalists were subjected to brutality, including tarring and feathering, riding astride fence rails, being imprisoned, and their land being confiscated or sold. Many tried to help in the war as spies or troops, but many fled to British front lines. After the Revolution, Loyalists were not to further persecuted, and Congress was recommend to the state legislatures that confiscated Loyalists property to be restored.