Beaumarchais and the American Revolution
Described by the magazine American Heritage as the "Most Underrated French Hero of the American Revolution," Caron de Beaumarchais--the French watchmaker who rose to fame and fortune as a dramatist, polemist, and Enlightenment free-thinker--became the most famous arms dealer of the American Revolutionary War. Based on archival research in Europe and the U.S., this authoritative study tells the fascinating story of Beaumarchais's role as an owner and outfitter of ships and as an arms merchant. It chronicles his dealings with Louis XVI, Vergennes, Benjamin Franklin, and the American Continental Congress, and his family's struggle to receive payment for the weapons and materiel sent to the American colonists. Morton and Spinelli's work is a rich, detailed history of the American Revolution and of one of the eighteenth century's most engaging characters.
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Chapter 1 Beginnings
Chapter 2 Beaumarchais and Vergennes
Chapter 3 Roderigue Hortalez and Co
Chapter 4 Silas Deane Is Sent to Europe
Chapter 5 Ships to America
Chapter 6 Benjamin Franklin
Chapter 7 France and Spain
Agent in America
Chapter 15 Francy and Deane Return to France
Chapter 16 Deanes Desperation
Chapter 18 Peace
Chapter 19 Gift or Loan?
Chapter 20 French Government Support of Beaumarchais
Chapter 21 Paymentof Sorts
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