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Sir Samuel Hood and the Battle of the Chesapeake$
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Colin Pengelly

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780813033136

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813033136.001.0001

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The Other Side of the Channel

The Other Side of the Channel

(p.60) 5 The Other Side of the Channel
Sir Samuel Hood and the Battle of the Chesapeake

Colin Pengelly

University Press of Florida

This chapter examines the events leading to the American War of Independence. It discusses the French government's opinion that Great Britain's power was already too great following its success in the Seven Years' War and that it should be downgraded. Since France was financially weak to go into another battle with Britain, it sought alliances with America and Spain. The French alliance with America was made official when the former was granted full independence on December 17, 1776. When the British heard of this news, they immediately withdrew their ambassador from Paris, and both sides prepared for war.

Keywords:   American War of Independence, France, Great Britain, Seven Years' War, America, Spain, independence, alliance

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