"Revolutionary America! 1763-1789 April 20-November 3, 2002

The French

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TERRA COTTA MEDALLION of Benjamin Franklin by Jean-Baptiste Nini, 1777, titled "B. Franklin, Americain." Franklin's popularity had created a mini-industry of his image on snuffboxes, rings, busts, prints and other artifacts.

  On loan from the collection of:
    --Vicki Walch, Iowa City IA
CANTEEN recovered from the Monmouth battlefield in New Jersey, 1778
    --Andy Ball, Des Moines IA
REPRODUCTIONS include a PAINTING of Benjamin Franklin's reception by Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette in 1778 after signing the Treaty of Alliance, and a PORTRAIT (cutout figure) of Franklin, who had played French agents and English spies against each other to win the critical alliance.

Hope and Despair

In England, Parliament repealed all legislation and taxes that had led to The Revolution … but it was too little, too late! In Paris, Benjamin Franklin won the critical alliance with France in the spring of 1778. Near Monmouth, New Jersey, Redcoat forces were forced into retreat by Washington's rejunevated army! Finally, a joint American-French victory seemed at hand as the two allies converged on the British at Newport, Rhode Island. The French, however, abandoned the Continentals in a severe storm and sailed away. America was again on her own.


The French (You are here)
  Prisoners of War
Redcoats and Turncoats
  Benedict Arnold
Southern Campaign


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