Lafayette fought in the Continental Army without pay. His own money fed and clothed the men in his charge. Officially Lafayette was aide de camp to General Washington. Personally he was an adopted son to the Washington.
Lafayette later returned to France to convince his king, who was quite angry with him for having left France, to support America. Many other dignitaries were also involved, but Lafayette played his part.
The French American alliance began in 1778. In 1780 French troops arrived on American soil to help fight. An amazing sequence of events unfolded in 1781, with France and Lafayette as the key players. As a result, America gained independence from the powerful Great Britain.
The friendship between America and France did not stop there. The journey to learn more about this kinship has become a fascination for me, at one point resulting in an amazing experience for me to be surrounded by our allies at Yorktown. (see below)
Exploring the French American Alliance has been a fascinating journey for me. Although I began my journey simply with a book, it was fueled by meeting the Colonial Williamsburg interpreter who brings Lafayette to life. Along the way I've been sharing some of what I'd learned. In light of the recent events, I thought I'd collect the relevant posts here for those who are more interested in learning about the special friendship between France and America.
Lafayette, We are Here...a Key to the Future
Surrounded by the French at Yorktown Day
|Yorktown Celebrates American Victory and French American Alliance 2010|
Airplanes in the Great War and...Lafayette?
|National Air and Space Museum, Washington DC|
Lafayette Quotes....and a Book
|Lafayette by Harlow Giles Unger|
l'Hermione Craftsmanship, Significance and Yorktown Port of Call
|l'Hermione at Yorktown|
l'Hermione, Lafayette, George Washington, Mount Vernon Port of Call
|l'Hermione at Mount Vernon|
Bastille Day, America, and WWI