Marquis De Lafayette

Marquis De Lafayette

Marie Jean Paul Joseph Roche Yves Gilbert du Motier, Marquis de Lafayette, or better known as just Marquis de Lafayette, was born in Auvergene on September 6, 1757. His parents both died when he was only twelve. At the age of 14, Lafayette joined the Royal Army and at the age of 16 he married into one of the wealthiest families in France. At a dinner in 1775, Lafayette learned of the struggle in the colonies. When learning of this, he came to the colonies to aid them in the war as a volunteer. On June 13, 1777, Lafayette and several French officers arrived in South Carolina. Because of his nobility and his patriotic motives, he was commissioned a major general on July 31, 1777. He met Washington later that summer and a friendship developed between the two men which would last over a lifetime. In December 1777, he went with Washington

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