After the signing of the Declaration of Independence, on July 4, 1776, the newly constructed United States sought to be verified as an official country. When it comes to historical allies, America can count on France for being the first to honor the United States as independent. After the French gave the US a head nod of recognition, other European countries followed suit. To grease the wheels of alliances, the French gifted the US with the Statue of Liberty a century after the country’s formation, in 1886.
Fast first friends
If any country knew the value of becoming another nation’s BFF, it’s France. When America was breaking away from Britain via the Revolutionary War, France was ready to help. In addition to France, America also received assistance from Spain and The Netherlands.
Countries like France were quick to recognize the United States of America as an independent nation for many reasons. First, it economically weakened Britain’s grip on the world, America looked like an awesome new trade partner, and France was still sour about how The Seven Year’s War ended.
Breaking up with Britain
When the original 13 colonies were established in the New World by Great Britain, it wasn’t so bad at first. People just put up with Britain being a mega-superpower flexing their muscles, and they had money and military might.
Over time, the colonists were fed up with feeding the machine, paying excessive taxes, and being left out of the rain of cash flow and benefits. The colonists felt it was high time to sever ties with Britain because the relationship of enduring servitude and being a cash cow was over.
Officially free to be a country
On July 4, 1776, the founding fathers gathered to draft a document declaring their independence from Britain. With many of the founding fathers being lawyers, it was best to write an official breakup with Britain via ink on a paper document. The concept of colonists demanding independence was sobering for Britain.
Britain didn’t want to let go of their colonies, and the Revolutionary War kicked off. France was the first to support the colonists’ decision to be an independent land and happily offered military support. America became established as the land of liberty, and the Stars and Stripes replaced the Union Jack.