Revolutionary Diplomacy (1776-1783)

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  • Story of Diplomacy

    The Declaration Heard ‘Round the World

    The 1776 Declaration of Independence is one of the most universally well-known historical documents. American diplomats continue to promote the democratic values enshrined in its…

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    Diplomacy Classroom: The Declaration Heard ‘Round the World

    June 30, 2020


    To celebrate the 4th of July, NMAD welcomed the Museum of the American Revolution’s President and CEO, Dr. R. Scott Stevenson. With NMAD’s Public Historian Dr. Alison Mann, they discussed the United States Declaration of Independence and what it meant to the global community– including Native American nations– in 1776. 

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    Passport issued to David Hinckley

    Rufus King, then American minister to Great Britain, issued this 1798 passport to David Hinckley, a wealthy Boston merchant who traveled frequently to London on business. It is the oldest in the museum’s collection and also one of the more intriguing. Corsairs of the Barbary states had captured David Hinckley in the…

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    Printing of 1778 Treaties with France

    The Treaties of Amity and Commerce and of Alliance were arguably the single most important diplomatic success of the colonists during the Revolutionary War. Signed in Paris on February 6, 1778, they created an alliance with France that was crucial to American victory in the conflict. Benjamin Franklin, Silas Deane, and Arthur…

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    Diplomacy Classroom: The Barbary Pirates Hostage Crisis

    December 14, 2021


    What did diplomacy look like in the years of the early American republic? In this segment of Diplomacy Classroom, we learned about the aftermath and consequences of one of the United States’ first international trade and hostage crises. In 1793 North African Barbary pirates captured 11 American ships and 100 citizens, and…

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    Diplomacy Classroom: The Great Seal

    October 20, 2020


    NMAD Public Historian Dr. Alison Mann and Education Director Lauren Fischer discuss the importance of the great seal and how it evolved to be the image now recognized around the world as a symbol of the United States.

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    Revolutionary Diplomacy

    In October 1776, Benjamin Franklin sailed from Philadelphia to France on a diplomatic mission that would determine the fate of America’s quest for independence from Great Britain. Building strategic alliances with Native American nations was equally as important. Throughout the revolutionary era, diplomacy was essential.