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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