In March 1776 the Secret Committee of Congress made Silas Deane (24th December, 1737 - 23rd September, 1789) a Secret Agent of the Colonies. Deane, a delegate to the American Congress, was sent to France, who had not yet officially declared support for American independence, to obtain urgently needed supplies for George Washington's Continental Army. Deane procured substantial amounts of ammunition and weaponry, and these supplies proved vital in America's fight against the British.
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