The DoI was signed and presented to the people of the Colonies….and now the die was set and war was the only recourse.
With few allies the colonists had to do what they could…..that is until France showed interest in their struggle against England…..but why the interest?
After years of spiraling tensions in Britain’s American colonies, the American Revolutionary War began in 1775. The revolutionary colonists faced a war against one of the world’s major powers, one with an empire that spanned the globe. To help counter Britain’s formidable position, the Continental Congress created the “Secret Committee of Correspondence” to publicize the aims and actions of the rebels in Europe. They then drafted the “Model Treaty” to guide negotiations of alliance with foreign nations. Once the Congress had declared independence in 1776, it sent a party that included Benjamin Franklin to negotiate with Britain’s rival: France.
France initially sent agents to observe the war, organized secret supplies, and began preparations for war against Britain in support of the rebels. France might seem an odd choice for the revolutionaries to work with. The nation was ruled by an absolutist monarch who was not sympathetic to the principle of “no taxation without representation,” even if the plight of the colonists and their perceived fight against a domineering empire excited idealistic Frenchmen like the Marquis de Lafayette. In addition, France was Catholic and the colonies were Protestant, a difference that was a major and contentious issue at the time and one that had colored several centuries of foreign relations.
Americans like to think that they took on the most powerful empire in the world of 1776 and won….but that win became more possible with the assistance of France….
I know too many do not read these days so I will give them videos to watch and learn…..
Do you think you know all there is to know about the revolution?
There is so much more to the war for independence than the sanitized versions taught in schools….
I Read, I Write, You Know
“lego ergo scribo”