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Beaumarchais and the American Revolution

"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 United States, this authoritative study tells the fascinating story of Beaumarchais's role in the American War of Independence 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 recounts his family's struggle to receive payment for the weapons and materials sent to the American colonists
Print Book, English, ©2003
Lexington Books, Lanham, Md., ©2003