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Brothers at arms : American independence and the men of France & Spain who saved it

Author: Larrie D Ferreiro
Publisher: New York : Vintage Books 2016.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In this revisionist history, Larrie Ferreiro shows that at the time the first shots were fired at Lexington and Concord the 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. Ferreiro shows that without the extensive military and financial support of the French and Spanish, the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Larrie D Ferreiro
ISBN: 9781101910306 1101910305
OCLC Number: 1004778576
Description: xxv, 429 pages : illustrations, maps ; 21 cm
Contents: Not just the Declaration of Independence but also a declaration that we depend on France (and Spain, too) --
The road to war --
The merchants --
The ministers --
The soldiers --
The sailors --
The pieces converge --
The endgame --
The road to peace --
The legacy.
Responsibility: Larrie D. Ferreiro. Brothers at Arms.

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In this revisionist history, Larrie Ferreiro shows that at the time the first shots were fired at Lexington and Concord the 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. Ferreiro shows that without the extensive military and financial support of the French and Spanish, the American cause would never have succeeded. France and Spain provided close to the equivalent of $30 billion and 90 percent of all guns used by the Americans, and they sent soldiers and sailors by the thousands to fight and die alongside the Americans, as well as around the world. 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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