How Did the French Help Win the American Revolution?

To what extent did the French play a crucial role in helping the settlers win the American Revolution?

An iconic oil painting of the British surrender at Yorktown, now hanging in the Rotunda of the Capitol, illustrates the partnership perfectly. As the resigned gloomy British general in the center of the photo prepares to hand over his sword, he is flanked by a row of Americans on one side, under a waving Stars and Stripes flag – and on the other by officers and French volunteers, under the white and gold banner of the Bourbon monarchs of France.


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