By Charles Lee Lewis

The usual American understands little or not anything of the nice carrier rendered by means of Admiral de Grasse, a French admiral, to the reason for American independence within the conflict off Cape Henry in 1781. The conflict off Cape Henry had final results extra very important than these of Waterloo. De Grasse’s motion entailed upon the British the ultimate lack of the 13 colonies in the United States. This biography by way of Charles Lee Lewis areas this supremely vital naval conflict off the Virginia Capes in its right old standpoint, and offers de Grasse the whole credits for rendering the help which made attainable the catch of Cornwallis at Yorktown. Washington absolutely famous this relief, while he wrote to de Grasse following the hand over of Cornwallis and expressed his gratitude “in the identify of the USA for the fantastic occasion for which she is indebted to you.” with no de Grasse’s victory all of the army efforts on land made by means of Rochambeau, Lafayette, and Washington may were in useless. The conflict off Cape Henry used to be just one of various battles fought through this speeding Gallic sea captain. Over fifty years of his lengthy existence, 1722-1788, have been spent within the carrier of Louis XV and Louis XVI, within the Mediterranean, in India, at the North American coast, and within the West Indies. He fought in the entire wars of his day, the battle of the Austrian Succession, the Seven Years’ warfare, and the conflict of the yankee Revolution which constructed right into a common ecu struggle.

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