The Treaty of Alliance with France was signed on February 6, 1778, creating a military alliance between the United States and France against Great Britain.
It was only after the America victory at Saratoga including capturing a complete British army, that the French entered this alliance. Negotiated by the American diplomats Benjamin Franklin, Silas Deane, and Arthur Lee, the Treaty of Alliance required that neither France nor the United States agree to a separate peace with Great Britain, and that American independence be a condition of any future peace agreement.
In addition to the Treaty of Alliance, the Treaty of Amity and Commerce with France was signed on February 6, 1778, promoting trade and commercial ties between The Treaty of Amity and Commerce recognized the United States as an independent nation and encouraged trade, while the Treaty of Alliance provided for a military alliance against Great Britain, stipulating that the absolute independence of the United States be recognized as a condition of peace.
Our community, Saratoga is known for being the turning point of the American Revolution. The Americans’ determined resistance at the Battles of Saratoga, coupled with British strategic blunders, resulted in a stunning defeat and surrender for a British army. This timely victory reversed American military fortunes, boosted patriot morale, and gained them international recognition and support, including military assistance. That is why studying the Saratoga is integral to a good understanding of the American freedoms.