The US and France sign the French alliance

The US and France sign the French alliance
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  • Victory at Saratoga
  • Yay! We have won the battle.
  • We surrender! 
  •  Prime minister Lord North 
  • Charles Gravier, comte de Vergennes
  • Us colonist are thinking of taking Britain's offer.
  • Maybe we should make a better offer.
  • The battle of Saratoga was a battle between the American colonist and the British. This battle took place on September 19, 1777 during the American revolution. This was a pivotal point of the revolution because it was the colonist's first win and made other countries recognize their potential success. The British surrendered on October 17, 1777 and the Americans won.
  • Traveling to France
  • The country of France sees you know as an independent country.
  • After the colonists win, Britain started to realize their potential success. Prime minister Lord North of Britain decided to make a peace offering to the colonists in hopes that they would side with Britain. Lord North offered the colonist the ability to enforce their own taxes and elect their own governors. Lord North also stated that he would remove all British soldiers from America. The only downside of this offering was that the colonist would remain apart of Britain, so they declined. 
  • Signing of treaty's 
  • We are allied with France, nice!
  • Knowing that the French did not want the colonist allying with Britain, American colonist Benjamin Franklin told French foreign minister Charles Gravier that they are considering taking Britain's offer. Franklin tells Gravier that they will side with the French if they recognize them as an independent nation. This clever tactic ends up benefiting the colonist because this results in an offer from France. 
  • Military support
  • American representatives Silas Deane, Arthur Lee, and Benjamin Franklin head off to France to sign the alliance between the Americans and the French.
  • On February 6, 1778 the Treaty of Amity and Commerce was signed between the Americans and the French. This event took place in Paris. The treaty promoted trade and commercial ties between the two countries. This was also the first time that the colonist were recognized as an independent nation. Next the Treaty of Alliance was signed. This treaty ensured that the French would provide the colonists with military support against the British during the war.
  • Treaty of Amity and Commerce
  • Treaty of Alliance
  • The Treaty of Alliance between the American colonists and the French provided the colonist with the military support they needed to win the war against Britain. The French continued to support the colonists throughout the war, helping them gain their independence during the American Revolution.
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