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August 29 - Wednesday History 313 Announcement we will...

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Wednesday, August 29, 2007 History 313 Announcement – we will discuss the Gilbert book a week from Friday (9/7/07) Talking points today: 1. Alliance 2. Peace 3. Real Revolution? 4. Under Britain’s thumb 1. Alliance - Vergennes, the French Foreign Minister, tried to get Spain to join the alliance but failed. Spain didn’t like to support colonies, but still wanted to strike at Britain. They were also focuses primarily on Gibraltar. In 1779 Spain became an ally of France but not of America. - The British declared war on the Dutch in 1780. - Fighting had spread around the world (“the shot that could be heard around the world”) - America had little luck allying with other European countries. Diplomats searched Europe for alliance, but Europe feared retaliation from Britain for signing with the American rebels. - America had the tools for victory due to its alliance with France (and as a result, some support from Spain). - Britain left soldiers in England in case of an invasion, while France sent men and ships to America for support. This was important being as America did not have an established navy. - It took three years of fighting (after the French had decided to enter the war) for America to have a decisive battle in Yorktown in late 1781. (MIDTERM ID?)
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