Franklin was an undisputed leader of the Revolution. Other patriots relied on him for advice about government, politics, propaganda, and law. George Washington even consulted him for military advice. Franklin was most important, however, as a diplomat. Without France's aid, America could never have won the war. Without Franklin's charm and talent, the French may not have given this aid. The French ministers were impressed by his intelligence and sophistication, his reputation as a scientist and man of letters, and his understanding of British and French politics. He helped convince the French that Americans were serious about winning their independence and would stop at nothing short of it. Recognizing this, the French leaders saw a chance to hurt Britain by helping America.
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