Winner of the Journal of the American Revolution 2016 Book of the Year Award
At the time the first shots were fired at Lexington and Concord the American colonists had little chance, if any, of militarily defeating the British. The nascent American nation had no navy, little in the way of artillery, and a militia bereft even of gunpowder. In his detailed accounts Larrie Ferreiro shows that without the extensive military and financial support of the French and Spanish, the American cause would never have succeeded.
Ferreiro adds to the historical records the names of French and Spanish diplomats, merchants, soldiers, and sailors whose contribution is at last given recognition. Instead of viewing the American Revolution in isolation, Brothers at Arms reveals the birth of the American nation as the centerpiece of an international coalition fighting against a common enemy.
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Table of Contents
List of Illustrations ix
Introduction: Not Just the Declaration of Independence, but Also a Declaration That We Depend on France (and Spain, Too) xv
Chapter 1 The Road to War 3
Chapter 2 The Merchants 32
Chapter 3 The Ministers 75
Chapter 4 The Soldiers 118
Chapter 5 The Sailors 165
Chapter 6 The Pieces Converge 207
Chapter 7 The Endgame 242
Chapter 8 The Road to Peace 273
Chapter 9 The Legacy 307