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Fact Book: Britain and France at War
There was another reason why the Jacobite rising of 1745 happened as well. Britain's greatest enemy at this time was France. In the 1740s the two countries were at war. The French decided to help the Jacobites. Why was this?
There were other, more secret reasons, for the French supporting the Jacobites though.
When the Jacobites had invaded England the French did plan to help by invading England as well. It was only the British navy and nasty British weather than stopped that!