By Sudipta Das
The current learn represents the 1st released translation and research of an fascinating scheme of invasion of the British Isles that shaped the basis of all later invasion plans drawn up within the ivory towers of French international relations.
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To repeat, this is the thoughtful recognition of their situation and their interests. At the same time as they had recourse to arms, they declared themselves free, and they drafted one of the best devised and most generally approved plans of the Republic. Such people have made their decision. In effect, they want to be free; they want to exist alone, and their plan of commerce is to open their ports to all nations. 17 This plan, as audacious and extreme as it can appear, is the only one that might save her, it would have been easier without doubt last year, but her mis- Broglie’s First Mémoire 31 fortune only made it more indispensable the following year, and only a total weakness might prevent it.
In June 1765, he sent two memoirs to the King on “the general disposition of the project,” one with regard to France and the other pertaining to Spain. The French part of the project consisted of four maneuvers: diversion in Scotland, diversion on Mahon in the Mediterranean, the expedition to India from the Isles, and assembling an array of observation in Flanders. Broglie underscored in his original plan that the wars of diversion in other parts of the globe are accessories to the principal project of a descent on England.
For a century, this is the first and the most essential object of the jealousy and the just worries of England; this is what made her go to war in 1755 and what in effect determines her because her role as a great power in Europe can only exist through her maritime superiority. Could she suddenly see herself deprived of it? One must admit that this must not be presumed. 21 One has already shown that it had to be the goal of England to acquire new colonies and that she was only able to do this at the expense of France and Spain and particularly by undertaking the conquest of all the Antilles.