The Treaty of Alliance of 1778 was a treaty
between France and the United States, that was signed in
Paris by American (among them Benjamin Franklin) and French
officials on February 6, 1778. As stated in the Treaty,
the two countries agreed to aid each other in the event
of a British attack from the present time and forever, and
also agreed that neither country would make amends with
England until independence of the United States was recognized.
The Treaty also stated that neither America
nor France would make any treaties with other countries
unless diplomats from both countries were present. This
alliance, also called the Franco-American Alliance, brought
France into the American Revolutionary War, helping to tip
the scales toward the American side, bringing an undeniable
hope to the revolutionary cause.
In addition to the Treaty of Alliance, the
Treaty of Amity and Commerce with France was also signed
on February 6, 1778, promoting trade and commercial ties
between the two countries.