teufel0331 wrote:In 1798, France was caught up in the War of the Second Coalition. Napoleon had assembled a powerful army of 30,000 in Marseilles, ready to sail for Egypt with a powerful fleet in support. If war had broken out with the Americans, perhaps he would have been sent against another target: maybe the fledgling U.S. and their British/Canadian allies? But could the French have gotten such a force across the Atlantic? I think that's the set-up, along with some island-hopping in the Caribbean, the Spanish in Florida and some Indian intrigue along the Mississippi/Great Lakes.
France manages to sent this troops across the Mediterrean Sea without being intercept in spite of the narowness of this sea. Interception are really easier to make there than in Atlantic.
You said Marseilles. It's seem to me that Toulon is much more correct. The great french naval base in Mediterrean is located there.
And a french fleet manages to do the trip across the Atlantic once during Napoleon Wars. In 1805, it started from Toulon, crossed the Gibraltar Strait unopposed and reached the Carribean Isles without meeting the Navy. And the fleet commander Amiral de Villeneuve wasn't considered a great sailor (its abysmal performance thereafter is a bad testimony of it)
So I guess a French military intervention during the Quasi-War isn't at all utopical had the war gone hot