Treaty of Alliance with France (1778)

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Citation: Treaty of Alliance with France, 1778; International Treaties and Related Records, 1778-1974; General Records of the United States Government, Record Group 11; National Archives.
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The American Colonies and France signed this military treaty on February 6, 1778.

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Believing that they would benefit militarily by allying themselves with a powerful nation, the revolutionary colonies formed an alliance with France against Great Britain. According to this first military treaty of the new nation, the United States would provide for a defensive alliance to aid France should England attack, and neither France nor the United States would make peace with England until the independence of the United States was recognized.

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