French Involvement and Assistance

The French had been informally involved with the American Revolutionary War since 1776 because of the help of Latouche Tréville, who was a French admiral. He began to provide the colonists with supplied, ammunition, guns, and training after Thomas Jefferson encouraged a French alliance. In fact, after the American victory at the Battle of Saratoga, which was won in part by the French guns, France signed the Treaty of Alliance with America February 6, 1778.

The surrender of General John Burgoyne at the Battle of Saratoga.

The surrender of General John Burgoyne at the Battle of Saratoga.

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