The Evolution of the Franco-American Alliance and France’s Military Contribution

Authored by: Jessica M. Parr

The Routledge Handbook of American Military and Diplomatic History

Print publication date:  August  2014
Online publication date:  September  2014

Print ISBN: 9780415533805
eBook ISBN: 9781315817347
Adobe ISBN: 9781317813354


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When the Americans declared independence, they faced the challenge of besting a formidable, well-trained professional British military. Though determined, they were outmatched in men, money, weapons, supplies, and other needs. Outside military and financial support was absolutely critical to the Revolution’s success. Ultimately, in no small part due to the diplomacy of Benjamin Franklin, the French were persuaded to come to the Americans’ aid.

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