The French didn't help the revolting Americans out of the goodness of their hearts. They did so to try to recover their lost lands in North America. And as soon as US independence was recognized, the Froggies tried to limit their wetsern border to the Prclamation Line of 1763, one of the cause of the war in the first place. France wanted a small, weak USA if could dominate. However, Britain gave everything east of the Mississippi River to the new USA, to make it strong enough not to be a French puppet. Furthermore, within 15 years of the war's end, the Americans were engaged in a war against France.
"The Royal Proclamation of 1763
was issued October 7, 1763, by King George III
following Great Britain's
acquisition of French territory
in North America after the end of the French and Indian War
/Seven Years' War
. It forbade all settlement west of a line drawn along the Appalachian Mountains
, which was delineated as an Indian Reserve
"This proclamation rendered worthless all land grants given by the government to British subjects
who fought for the Crown against France. People throughout the various colonies
were filled with indignation at having been unjustly shut out of the vast western wilderness and away from its resources. This anger was a foreshadowing of the discontent that would later arise during the American Revolution
) was an undeclared war
fought almost entirely at sea between the United States
from 1798 to 1800. After the toppling of the French crown during the French Revolutionary Wars
, the United States refused to continue repaying its debt to France on the grounds that it had been owed to a previous regime
. French outrage led to a series of attacks on U.S. shipping, ultimately leading to retaliation from the U.S.
On 21 February 1797, Secretary of State Timothy Pickering
told Congress that during the previous eleven months, France had seized 316 U.S. merchant ships. French marauders cruised the length of the Atlantic seaboard virtually unopposed. The United States government had nothing to combat them, as the navy had been abolished at the end of the Revolutionary War and its last warship sold in 1785. The United States had only a flotilla of small revenue cutters
and a few neglected coastal forts.
Increased depredations by French privateers
led to the rebirth of the U.S. Navy
and the creation of the U.S. Marine Corps
to defend the expanding U.S. merchant fleet. Congress authorized the president to acquire, arm, and man not more than twelve ships of up to twenty two guns each.
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