The French played a big role in helping the Americans gain their independence from the British. The biggest way the French helped was by providing supplies and soldiers. Along with helping the Americans win The Battle of Yorktown which was a big turning point in the war.
In the source shown above it explains how important the supplies were that the French sent. Between 1778 and 1782 the French provided supplies, arms and ammunition, uniforms, and, most importantly, troops and naval support to the beleaguered Continental Army. The French navy transported reinforcements, fought off a British fleet, and protected Washington’s forces in Virginia.
One of the biggest turning points of the war was the Battle of Yorktown, a battle that the French had big involvement in.
This image shows where each countries military was stationed at the Battle of Yorktown. As you can see the French supplied many troops both on land and they cut off the supply routes so the British could not get any help.
This source explains how French Officer Baron Friedrich von Steuben trained American soldiers. Also talks about the importance of the French involvement in the battle at Yorktown. With the French fleet were able to stop the British from sending supplies and reinforcements.
This source talks more about the French involvement in the battle of Yorktown. The French navy was able to cut off the supplies for the British which lead the British into surrendering. The plan was to trap the British fleet and wait them out. The source says “Without the direct and indirect assistance of France, it is doubtful that Americans could have won the war for independence.”After the sounder at York Town, the general public in England started to turn against the war in America. “The last major military battle of the Revolution.”
This is a painting of the Battle of Yorktown where the British troops were trapped.
This source again talks about how without the French aid and supplies the Americans would not have been able to win their indolence from Great Britain. America needed someone like France to help because they did not have the amount of soldiers and weapons like the British did. The Americans were outnumbered and out gunned until France came to help.
This source show above takes you to a newspaper add telling America how “Charles Lord Cornwallis today signed orders surrendering his British Army to a combined French and American force outside the Virginia tobacco port of Yorktown.” The date was October 19, 1781. It explains how essential the French fleet was to cut off supplies to Cornwallis’s army. They were forced to surrender after running out of supplies.
All of the sources I have used support my thesis that the French involvement in the American Revolution, by sending supplies and being a major impact in the win of the Battle of Yorktown, was key in America winning their independence form Great Britain. The sources explain how without the French troops, ships, and supplies America would not have won some of the key battles they did to defeat the British. My sources show just how much the French contributed and the impact that they made in the revolution.
“American Revolution (or American War of Independence; 1775 – 1783).” The Macmillan Encyclopedia, Market House Books Ltd, 2003. Credo Reference
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“Milestones: 1776–1783 – Office of the Historian.” U.S. Department of State. U.S. Department of State, n.d. Web. 02 Dec. 2016.
Public Televison, Twin Cities. “Yorktown Is Won.” PBS. PBS, 2004. Web. 14 Dec. 2016.