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George III
King George III Finances His Efforts Against the Colonists in the American Revolution, Authorizing a Huge Expenditure to Supply His Forces Under Lord Howe He authorizes over £27,457, a sum approximately equivalent to £50 million in today's money He authorizes over £27,457, a sum approximately equivalent to £50 million in today's money
18/06/1778. The document is signed on the verso by the merchant-suppliers, including Arnold Nesbitt, Adam Drummond, and Moses Franks, the latter being one of the most prominent Jewish loyalists in the American RevolutionInitially the British thought the American Revolution would be easily put down, at a nominal cost of men and money. This in large part explains their intransigence, both in the lead up to the war and in the early years of the conflict. But whereas 1776 saw major British victories and it seemed the Revolution might be played out, 1777 was an altogether different story. On Christmas 1776 George Washington and his Continental Army crossed the Delaware and scored a morale-boosting victory at Trenton, and this was very soon followed by another at Princeton. Then, on October 17, 1777, 5,895 British and Hessian troops surrendered their arms in a staggering American victory at Saratoga, foiling British plans to split the northern states from the rest of the country. British General John Burgoyne lost 86 percent of his expeditionary force. This event was big news in France, a traditional enemy of Britain, and the French now gained confidence in the American cause and chose to enter the war as an American ally. This would, in the end, make all the difference.So by 1778 the cost to Britain of the Revolution was growing and the conflict was spreading. In February 1778 a Franco-American Treaty of Amity and Commerce was signed in Paris, and on March 13 the French minister in London informed King George III's government that France officially recognized the United States. … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: The Raab Collection [United States]
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