The Strange Death Of Silas Deane

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Brianne Springer
The Strange Death of Silas Deane
Silas Deane’s life started as a example of the American dream. He was the son of a blacksmith, and later attended Yale University and became a lawyer. Deane was an important part of the American Revolution as the head ambassador to France. The alliance with France was a major aspect in the American victory in the war. Deane’s success story came to a hault after the American Revolution as he made enemies with both the American and French. He sugggested that the U.S. should return to peace with England, while being a member of the Continental Congress. Deane lost his alliance with the French when he foolishly insulted King Louis XIV. He was rejected on all sides and had to take refuge in Flanders.

For two years Deane had live a life of isolation an poverty. Then he left his life to live with his long time friend Edward Bankroft in England in 1783. Bankroft was a physcian who spent many years practicing in Barbedos and he specialized in poison. It was known Bankroft was a spy for the Americans, but very few knew that he was actually a double agent working for England. This is a important aspect when investigating the death of Silas Deane.

After spending some time with Bankroft, Deane decides to travel back to America to start fresh and eventually end his life there. It's likely that Bankroft would question why Deane want to go back to a country that believed he was a traitor, that Deane might be planning on telling U.S. Officials that Bankroft never worked for but against America. On the trip to America Deane unexpectadly died on route. It was said to be suicide, but there is reason to believe that this was a murder. Deane was complaining the morning of his death of feeling ill. There is a pissibility Deane had been poisoned something Bankroft had kept from Barbedos. Bankroft had the motives and oppurtunity to kill Deane and that is what i believe to had hapened. The death of Silas Deane was not suicide, It...