On the 30th of August, 1781, French Admiral François Joseph Paul de Grasse (13th September, 1722 - 11th January, 1788) arrived at Chesapeake Bay with his entire fleet of 28 ships, on board which were 3,200 troops. De Grasse's aim was to help the American Continental Army in its blockade of the British army. From this position De Grasse would play a crucial role in the strategically decisive Battle of the Chesapeake on the 5th of September.
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