The Road to Independenc2

The Road to Independenc2 - weaken its ancient enemy and...

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The Road to Independence Rebellion that made a  new  nation FRANCO-AMERICAN ALLIANCE In France, enthusiasm for the American cause was high: The French intellectual world  was itself stirring against feudalism and privilege. However, the Crown lent its support to  the colonies for geopolitical rather than ideological reasons: The French government  had been eager for reprisal against Britain ever since France's defeat in 1763. To further  the American cause, Benjamin Franklin was sent to Paris in 1776. His wit, guile, and  intellect soon made their presence felt in the French capital, and played a major role in  winning French assistance. France began providing aid to the colonies in May 1776, when it sent 14 ships with war  supplies to America. In fact, most of the gunpowder used by the American armies came  from France. After Britain's defeat at Saratoga, France saw an opportunity to seriously 
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Unformatted text preview: weaken its ancient enemy and restore the balance of power that had been upset by the Seven Years' War (called the French and Indian War in the American colonies). On February 6, 1778, the colonies and France signed a Treaty of Amity and Commerce, in which France recognized the United States and offered trade concessions. They also signed a Treaty of Alliance, which stipulated that if France entered the war, neither country would lay down its arms until the colonies won their independence, that neither would conclude peace with Britain without the consent of the other, and that each guaranteed the other's possessions in America. This was the only bilateral defense treaty signed by the United States or its predecessors until 1949....
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