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Greater territorial gains were probably thwarted by eleventh-hour British naval victories in the Caribbean and the failure of a French-Spanish siege of Gibraltar in September 1782. Canada thus remained in the British Empire. ”84 The British argued that access to the fishing grounds off the Grand Banks of Newfoundland, as well as the right to dry and cure fish on Canadian shores, should be limited to subjects of the British Empire. The Americans disagreed. ”85 Many coins minted during the American Revolution had embossed images of cod on them.
Although French loans and supplies continued through 1776 and 1777, Vergennes avoided a formal commitment until there was a sure sign of American military success. ”55 Then came Saratoga on October 17, 1777, a battle in which 90 percent of American arms and ammunition had come from French merchants. The defeat of “Gentleman Johnny” Burgoyne’s troops in the forests of northern New York helped persuade England to send out peace feelers, with terms offering less than complete independence. Franklin used the threat of reconciliation with England as a lever on Vergennes.
61 Congress, needing money and hoping for military assistance, ruled otherwise. Petersburg, Amsterdam, and other capitals in quest of alliances that never quite materialized. ”62 Fear of revolutionary principles, the danger of British retaliation, trading opportunities, and territorial ambitions closer to home—all made the European monarchies reluctant to challenge Britain. ”63 The Dutch exemplified Adams’s point. With representative government firmly entrenched in the Dutch Estates General, one might have expected the Netherlands to be the first to recognize American independence.