Thursday, September 27, 2012

This Week in History - September 27th, 2012

“On this day in 1779, the Continental Congress appoints John Adams to travel to France as minister plenipotentiary in charge of negotiating treaties of peace and commerce with Great Britain during the Revolutionary War”

Accompanied by his sons John Quincy and Charles, Adams traveled to Paris in February of 1780. Adams updated Congress about British and French politics and naval affairs until mid-June when departed for Holland. Adams became the American minister to Netherlands. In June of 1781, Congress appointed Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, John Jay, and Laurens to work alongside Adams in France.  Adams returned to Paris in October of 1782 to work with the other representatives, and played a vital role in the negotiation of the Peace of Paris (1783). Adams later became the American ambassador to London when Jefferson replaced him as the American minister to France.

Follow the link to learn more about Adams' experience as an American representative in Europe.

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