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Britain and France at the Birth of AmericaThe European Powers and the Peace Negotiations of 1782-83$
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Andrew Stockley

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780859896153

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9780859896153.001.0001

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Britain and France at the Birth of America

Andrew Stockley

Liverpool University Press

By August 1782, the earl of Shelburne and French foreign minister Charles Gravier Vergennes were both predisposed to a quick settlement as part of the peace negotiations. In the process, the two men had to establish a relationship of considerable trust and confidence. Each leader continued to seek the best possible outcome for his country while showing a willingness to compromise rival claims in the expectation of future co-operation. As a result, a relatively rapid and comprehensive peace, one that entitled both leaders to claim a measure of success, was realised. In Britain and France, Shelburne and Vergennes were both criticised for conceding more than was justified. Nevertheless, the negotiators were well satisfied with the final results. This chapter examines the peace negotiations that ended the War of American Independence and gave birth to America as a new republic.

Keywords:   earl of Shelburne, Charles Gravier Vergennes, peace negotiations, Britain, France, American Independence, America

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