Two Centuries of U. S. Foreign Policy: The Documentary Record

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DOCUMENT 1
Treaty of Alliance with France

The British defeat at Saratoga in October 1777 convinced the French government to side openly with the Americans seeking their independence. On 6 February 1778 a Treaty of Amity & Commerce and a Treaty of Alliance "forever" binding the two countries were concluded at Paris.1

Article 1. If War should break out betwan [sic] france and Great Britain, during the continuence of the present War betwan [sic] the United States and England, his Majesty and the said united States, shall make it a common cause, and aid each other mutually with their good Offices, their Counsels, and their forces, according to the exigence of Conjunctures as becomes good and faithful Allies.

Article 2. The essential and direct End of the present defensive alliance is to maintain effectually the liberty, Sovereignty, and independance [sic] absolute and unlimited of the said united States, as well in Matters of Gouvernement [sic] as of commerce. . . .

Article 5. If the united States should think fit to attempt the Reduction of the British Power remaining in the Northern Parts of America, or the Islands of

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W. M. Malloy, editor, Treaties, Conventions, International Acts, Protocols and Agreements between the United States of America and other Powers, 1776-1909 ( Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1910), 1:479-82.

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