The Decision to Hire German Troops in the War of American Independence: Reactions in Britain and North America, 1774–1776

  title={The Decision to Hire German Troops in the War of American Independence: Reactions in Britain and North America, 1774–1776},
  author={Friederike Barbara Baer},
  journal={Early American Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal},
  pages={111 - 150}
  • F. Baer
  • Published 23 January 2015
  • History
  • Early American Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal
In the 1770s and 1780s as many as 40,000 German soldiers were hired to defend British imperial interests on four continents. The vast majority—at least 30,000—saw service in America. This article focuses on British and American public reactions to the plan in the period between 1774, when rumors about the intended use of foreign troops first emerged, and the summer of 1776, after the first contingents of German troops had arrived in North America but before military encounters with the… 


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