Jim Butcher: French Signers of the Treaty of Paris
Artist: Jim Butcher
The American Revolution raged on for years as the American patriots fought desperately for freedom and independence. The American cause was aided greatly by the French government. Well-trained French soldiers, sailors, and especially French supplies and money were of crucial importance in the war against Great Britain. In addition, three French commanders were instrumental in America's victory for independence -- General Lafayette, Admiral de Grasse, and General Rochambeau. Lafayette's French forces joined with colonial troops and kept the British forces in check while Generals Washington and Rochambeau marched to Virginia. The naval fleet, under the command of Admiral de Grasse, bottled up the British troops at Yorktown. Outnumbered and surrounded, British Commander Cornwallis surrendered on October 17, 1781, and the fighting was over. The British formally recognized America's independence on September 3, 1783 when the Treaty of Paris was signed in Paris. America's peacemakers -- Benjamin Franklin, John Adams and John Jay signed the treaty that confirmed America's freedom.
This artwork was originally published on the Fleetwood® First Day Cover for the France 2,50ffr Treaty of Paris stamp issued September 3, 1983.
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