Marquis de Lafayete
"Hero of two worlds"
- He fought at Bunker Hill
- He helped U.S. soldiers survive several winters at Valley Forge
- He helped secure victory at Yorktown
- Lafayette joined the Continental Army for free
- He got French assistance for America
- Lafayette drafted the Deceleration of the Rights of Men and of the Citizen
- He was Commander of the French National Guard during the French Revolution
A Wealthy Family
- His mother hired a priest to teach him to read and write as a child
- He married the 14-year old daughter of a prominent Frenchman. Her name was Marie Adrienne Francois de Noailles
- He came from a line of military descent (Father died in the 7 years war)
- He received a large inheritance after the deaths of his mother and grandmother
- The title, Marquis, means: a nobleman ranking next below Duke and above Earl or Count
Influence on America
- In 1917, American troops helped France during WWI and many other times
- He was friends with George Washington
- He advised early America against slavery
- The first American troops to arrive in France saluted Lafayette's grave
A Long and Eventful Life
- Birth: September 6, 1757
- Death: May 20, 1834
- Cause of Death: pneumonia
- He fought in many wars
- Lafayette was famous for his military achievements around the world before he died
Friendship with Washington
- He named his son George Washington de Lafayette
- Washington and other colonial leaders inspired Lafayette to join the American cause
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