Lead: In the 1790s, the United States almost went to war with its greatest ally.

Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: When America declared its independence in 1776, it had few international allies. All expectations were that Britain would quickly stamp out this rebellion. However, though its first victories were meager, the United States held on. Independence would not go away easily.

Early on Congress sent Benjamin Franklin to Paris to try to get French help in the war, but France was reluctant. Everyone likes a winner. In late fall 1777, word reached Paris of the British defeat at the Battle of Saratoga, New York and the French realized the former colonists might win after all, therefore in 1778 France signed an alliance with the United States.