7-13_to_7-17_Notes - 7-13 Blow and Counterblow \u25cf Summer of 1780 French army arrive in Newport Rhode Island a Commanded by Comte de Rochambeau b 6,000

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7-13 Blow and Counterblow Summer of 1780, French army arrive in Newport, Rhode Island a. Commanded by Comte de Rochambeau b. 6,000 regular troops c. Americans suspicious of French, their former enemies - Several ugly conflicts, involving minor bloodshed d. They eventually made up - French gold and goodwill melted hard hearts - Dancing parties arranged with Puritan maidens e. No real military advantage came from French reinforcement yet American morale was hurt in 1780 when General Benedict Arnold turned trailer a. General Arnold felt that his valuable services were not fully appreciated b. Plotted with British to sell out key stronghold of West Point - West POint commanded Hudson River c. He sold out for £6,300 and officer’s commission d. Plot was discovered in the nick of time by accident, and Arnold fled to British British devised plan to roll up colonies, beginning with south a. Loyalists were numerous in the south b. Colony of Georgia overrun in 1778-1779

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