Benjamin Franklin travels to France to join the American Delegation. He arrives in December 1776 and immediately gains pop star status with the French people. Getting the French government to go along would take longer.
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Book Recommendation of the Week: A Great Improvisation: Franklin, France, and the Birth of America, by Stacy Schiff, 2005.
Online Recommendation of the Week: Sybil Ludington (The History Chicks Podcast) http://thehistorychicks.com/minicastsybil-ludington