Benjamin Franklin's Diplomatic Mission

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Benjamin Franklin’s single most significant contribution to American history was his diplomatic mission that convinced France to help America in their fight against Britain for independence. It may not have happened in America but it sure changed the face of the country as we know it today. As a matter of fact, there might not have been an America had he not gotten the help from France that America so desperately needed. It started with the Continental army suffering a series of devastating losses. With the pressure of all of Great Britain on America’s shoulders, Congress was grasping at straws trying to get all the help they could find. State militias were refusing to march and Continental forces were scattered all throughout the colonies. Congress decided they needed help, and a lot of it. Dutch funds were arriving but weren’t enough to put munitions in every man’s hands. With men running Continue...


Franklin was sent in 1776 and arrived in France in late December to a warm reception. Benjamin Franklin along with other great men, helped America to gain the edge on the British and win the war. He stood to gain all lands held by Great Britain in these areas. French Funds put munitions in every man's hands and helped relieve tired and beaten militiamen so they could fight another day. Various lands in the Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico were to be ceded to the King of France, his Majesty Louis XVI. Franklin couldn't just simply ask the French for help without the promise of something in return, so he also had to convince the French that it would be a wise investment to help. That is why I believe that Benjamin Franklin's successful mission to gain France's alliance against Britain is his single most significant contribution to American history. They were to send a representative to France to ask for help. The aforementioned three m's supplied by France, were to help the United Stated turn the tide in the Battle for independence. After a long while and many bargains later, an agreement was signed on February 6, 1778. In the agreement, France was to supply the United States with men, munitions, and money.