Was the Battle of Saratoga necessary?

It has come to my attention that the Battle of Saratoga was not necessary. This battle was necessary because without this victory the French would not have aided us throughout the rest of this war.

- George Washington

The Treaty of Paris 1783

Many people do not understand what the Treaty of Paris did. The Treaty of Paris ended the Revolutionary war and recognized American Independence. Without The Treaty of Paris in 1783 the U.S. would not have ownership of a vast territory between the Atlantic coast and the Mississippi River.

- Benjamin Franklin