The Other Side of the Channel

Colin Pengelly

in Sir Samuel Hood and the Battle of the Chesapeake

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print April 2009 | ISBN: 9780813033136
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813038780 | DOI:
The Other Side of the Channel

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This chapter examines the events leading to the American War of Independence. It discusses the French government's opinion that Great Britain's power was already too great following its success in the Seven Years' War and that it should be downgraded. Since France was financially weak to go into another battle with Britain, it sought alliances with America and Spain. The French alliance with America was made official when the former was granted full independence on December 17, 1776. When the British heard of this news, they immediately withdrew their ambassador from Paris, and both sides prepared for war.

Keywords: American War of Independence; France; Great Britain; Seven Years' War; America; Spain; independence; alliance

Chapter.  3079 words. 

Subjects: Military History

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