I have always found it amazing how our schools teach a history that is not quite complete. The American Revolution, there was Washington, the Congress, Benedict Arnold, Nathan Hale, Betsy Ross, Paul Revere and a bunch of farmers with guns who defeated (after many hardships) the British Army. for the most part, the french get a minor line, telling us that their fleet blockaded the British at Yorktown and A guy named Lafayette came over to help.
Every nation needs to have it's own heroes, but it should never be at the expense of those who helped. Following actual historical documents and documentaries you find that the French were beyond just helping. Let's not be overly generous, they had reasons to, but no matter the reasons, if it weren't for they, there would not be a We (the people).
Let's take a look at World War 1 or World War 2, A Nation, held under control of another. militarily occupied. Other nations came to their aid, with more equipment and manpower than they themselves had. Sound familiar?
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Don't mis understand, This is not only our nation teaching what is not totally true. I watched a documentary from Canada, they went on to declare that the Americans gained their independence through War, while they did it peacefully. It is essentially a true statement, just missing a few facts. like the amount of time between the two events and the fact that the American revolution may have had a large part of reducing British control of the Americas.