Would America lose the revolutionary war if it weren't for the help of France?
- 8 months agoFavorite Answer
It was a very close thing, but the Americans had beaten back Cornwallis to refuge in Yorktown
If Cornwallis had been able to resupply and reinforce, it would have gone on for much longer, but I think the result would have been the same. The French Arriving on the seen at Yorktown prevented resupply and reinforcement speeding the end.
In the end this was not a war the Brits were used to fighting
- ZhuLv 68 months ago
Hard to say. France funded much of the war effort. The debts run up in the process sparked the French Revolution.
- 8 months ago
- MercuryLv 78 months ago
Plus of course Spain and Holland.
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- AthenaLv 78 months ago
Most likely but remember, America did not have to "win" the war.
They just had to hold out long enough for England o get tired and go home.
- Chances68Lv 78 months ago
Yes, certainly. France supplied the critical materials, like powder, muskets, cannon and shot, as well as money for food, uniforms, shoes, and so on. Without French aid, the Continental forces would have withered and starved to death. It's also critical to note that in the last major battle of the war, the one which saw another entire British army surrender, the French fleet is why the British couldn't get away, and there were more French ground forces deployed than there were Continental Army forces.
- bluebellbkkLv 78 months ago
You mean, Would America HAVE LOST the war ...
- MarliLv 78 months ago
Yes. Gen. Washington was in a desperate situation before the French navy came over the horizon. His men were leaving their ranks, as they had signed on for a limited period of time and that time was nearly over. He had to beg and threaten merchants and farmers in order to obtain provisions and he turned a blind eye to unauthorised raids for supplies. The Patriots among the civilians were demoralized and the Continental Congress was disunited, squabbling and considering options for peace. The French were a shot of adrenaline as well as a show of muscle the Patriots needed.
- .Lv 78 months ago
Probably not. France was keeping the UK tied up devoting most of its resources elsewhere. Without France, England could have devoted its' full resources to putting down the revolution.
- Anonymous8 months ago
France & England were fighting a war against each other in Europe ...... so France would benefit from OUR revolution ............