Date of Award

11-2014

Document Type

Capstone-Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Program Name

Military History

Capstone Instructor

Dr. Robert Young

Abstract

This study examines the impacts and nature of the secret aid that Pierre August Caron de Beaumarchais provided the American rebels in the early days of the Revolutionary War and if the American government was unjustified in withholding payment. The secret aid was a business transaction that was agreed upon by both parties that carried with it obligations to fulfill the terms of the arrangement. This study also looks to validate or invalidate the works of Elizabeth Kite who wrote one of the most extensive texts on the subject. This study concludes that the secret aid was essential to the success of the American Revolution and was a contractual business arrangement requiring compensation that the American government was unjustified in withholding. This study also concludes that Kite’s interpretations were correct.

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