France in the American Revolutionary War

France In The American Revolutionary War

France in the American Revolutionary War

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France entered the American Revolutionary War (1775–1783) in 1778, and assisted in the victory of the Americans seeking independence from Britain (realized in the 1783 Treaty of Paris).

The example of the American Revolution was one of the many contributing factors to the French Revolution.

American origins of the conflict

After the end of the Seven Years' War in 1763, the economic situation of Britain had driven her to exercise stricter and stricter controls on the commerce of her colonies: taxes were raised, commerce was restricted and the colonies were asked to contribute to the upkeep of the British troops stationed there through a special tax. The colonists proposed a law to the effect that "No population subject to the British Crown may be taxed without the agreement of its representative assembly". However, the tax was imposed, giving rise to increased tensions between the colonists and the colonial power.

The best-known episode was the Boston Tea Party in 1773 in which the colonists refused to accept the British government-given monopoly of the failing British East India Company over tea sold in North America, throwing large quantities of tea overboard into Boston Harbor. Britain decided to close the port in reprisal, and opinion rapidly hardened throughout the Thirteen Colonies in favor of the Bostonians. A congress of the colonists was organized in 1774, armed militias mobilized, and the colonial assemblies began taking control over provincial...
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