comte de Grasse

François-Joseph-Paul, comte de Grasse

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BORN:
13 September 1722 in Provence, France
  DIED:
11 January 1788 in Tilly (in north-central), France

           

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Admiral François-Joseph-Paul, marquis de Grasse Tilly, comte de Grasse (1722-1788) French Admiral who assisted in the victory at Yorktown.
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It is difficult to recapture the intensity of excitement felt by Americans in 1776 over the prospect of forming new republican governments. It is a work, said Thomas Jefferson, of the most interesting nature and such as every individual would wish to have his voice in. Even the business of the Continental Congress was stifled because so many delegates — including Jefferson — left for home to take part in the paramount activity of erecting the new state governments. Constitutions, remarked Francis Lightfoot Lee, employ every pen. ... Nothing — not the creation of [the] confederacy, not the Continental Congress, not the war, not the French alliance — in the years surrounding the Declaration of Independence engaged the interests of Americans more that the framing of these governments.

Gordon S. Wood
The Creation of the American Republic, 1776—1787 (1969)