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L is for Louis XVI
Most people remember King Louis XVI for being beheaded alongside his wife, Queen Marie Antoinette. But did you know that without King Louis' aid the United States of America would never have existed?
The American Revolutionary War began on April 19, 1775 at the Battle of Lexington and Concord. The British believed the patriot rebellion was going to be short lived. They saw the colonists as little children throwing a tantrum and the children needed to be disciplined. The British military was the most powerful at that time. Determined to expel British rule and have their own government, the patriots did not give up. The thirteen colonies declared independence from Great Britain in 1776. The newly established United States of America knew they would not win this war without help. They quickly turned their attention upon the longstanding enemy of Great Britain, France. France unofficially supplied the patriots with arms and ammunitions. In early 1777, the French supplied the patriots with 25,000 uniforms and pairs of boots, thousands of muskets and hundreds of cannons.
The United States would not exist without the help from King Louis XVI and the French aid. The French involvement in the American Revolutionary War is often downplayed yet at one time the French were honored in our country. Cities, schools and streets carry the name of our French heroes.