Comment: John Adams went to France to beg for help.

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John Adams went to France to beg for help.

It certainly wasn't charity on their part. Since the U.S. was the enemy of their enemy, Britain, they became de facto allies with money to loan.

And in a way France had a similar relationship to the fledgling U.S. that China has to N. Korea - They knew that if they didn't help out there would be lots of penniless refuges who would either flee (from Britain) to French shores or otherwise disrupt French trading interests in North America.

When the Revolutionary war was over and Adams became president we almost went to war with France! It would have come to be known as 'Cold War I'.

http://www.historycentral.com/Bio/presidents/adams.html

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