Beaumarchais and the American Revolution

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Lexington Books, 2003 - Biography & Autobiography - 361 pages
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Described by the magazine American Heritage as the "Most Underrated French Hero of the American Revolution," Caron de Beaumarchais the French watchmaker who rose to fame and fortune as a dramatist, polemist, and Enlightenment free-thinker became the most famous arms dealer of the American Revolutionary War. Based on archival research in Europe and the U.S., this authoritative study tells the fascinating story of Beaumarchais's role as an owner and outfitter of ships and as an arms merchant. It chronicles his dealings with Louis XVI, Vergennes, Benjamin Franklin, and the American Continental Congress, and his family's struggle to receive payment for the weapons and materiel sent to the American colonists. Morton and Spinelli's work is a rich, detailed history of the American Revolution and of one of the eighteenth century's most engaging characters."
  

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Contents

Chapter 1 Beginnings
1
Chapter 2 Beaumarchais and Vergennes
17
Chapter 3 Roderigue Hortalez and Co
29
Chapter 4 Silas Deane Is Sent to Europe
53
Chapter 5 Ships to America
73
Chapter 6 Benjamin Franklin
93
Chapter 7 France and Spain
117
Agent in America
125
II
229
Chapter 15 Francy and Deane Return to France
241
Chapter 16 Deanes Desperation
255
Memorial
263
Chapter 18 Peace
273
Chapter 19 Gift or Loan?
283
Chapter 20 French Government Support of Beaumarchais
301
Chapter 21 Paymentof Sorts
317

I
145
French Recognition
163
Chapter 11 Francy Disillusioned
175
Chapter 12 Deane vs Congress
197
Chapter 13 Deane Dismissed
219
Chapter 22 Conclusion
327
Bibliography
337
Index
349
About the Authors
363
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Brian N. Morton taught French literature at the University of Michigan for twenty years. He has written extensively on Beaumarchais, including Beaumarchais: A Bibliography (with Donald C. Spinelli, 1988) and Beaumarchais. Correspondance. Tomes I-IV (1968-1979, Tome IV with Donald C. Spinelli). Donald C. Spinelli is Professor of French at Wayne State University

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