Feb 062013

Two treaties were signed with France on February 6, 1778.

The Treaty of Alliance with France created an alliance between the two nations against Great Britain. It required that any future peace with Great Britain be conditioned upon recognition of American independence, and it prohibited either nation from entering a separate peace with Great Britain. In the event of war, the two countries agreed to work together against common enemies. The Treaty was, in no small part, entered into by the French because of the popularity of Benjamin Franklin. During his visit to France, Franklin was able to recruit such notable French military officers as the Marquis de Lafayette to assist the Continental Army, as well as arrange for secret financial aid from France for the American Revolution.  

The Treaty of Amity and Commerce Between the United States and France was the first such treaty entered into by the United States. It established a most favored nation between the two countries. It included provisions such as mutual protection and safe harbor for vessels (both civilian and military), restoration of property taken by pirates, and due process of law if suspected contraband was discovered on an allied ship. 


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