1778 Sullivan's Campaign
The first collaboration between the United States and French Monarchy took place in Rhode Island during the summer of 1778. King Louis appointed Charles Henri Theodat, Comte d’Estaing to command the French navy’s powerful Toulon squadron. The squadron was ordered to sail for the Americas. The French fleet were poised to sail towards New York. As the French arrived near Sandy Hook New Jersey they realized that their ships were too deep for the shallow waters. Admiral Howe also had his fleet stationed nearby, waiting for the French fleet. D’Estaing sent a letter to General Washington stating that he cannot support him around New York. He suggested that he could support the efforts in Newport.