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Who is the Marqui de Lafayette?

Early Life

  • Marquis was born on September 6, 1757 in Auvergne, France.
  • His father was a soldier and died during a war against England.
  • His family was wealthy. $$$
  • He joined the French Army when he was only 14 years old. 

Why is he important?

  • Marquis de Lafayette was a French General who played an important part during the Revolutionary War.
  • He helped the colonists against the British. 
  • He volunteered his time and money to help the Americans.
  • He was able to help the Americans win the war and was treated as a hero. 

After the Revolutionary War

  • Marquis returned to France and was part of the French government.
  • He returned to the French Army in 1782 and was considered a hero because of his work in other wars. 
  • He was known as "The Hero of Two Worlds".
  • The United States rewarded him with money and land for all his help.

Last Years

  • Lafayette died in Paris on May 20, 1834.
  • He became a symbol of friendship between France and the United States.
  • He is known for being brave and willing to help others.
  • Even though he lived so many years ago, he is still famous for helping the United States gain its independence.

Why is our school named after Marquis de Lafayette?

  • Lafayette Elementary is named after Marquis de Lafayette, who was a famous General.
  • He was an important person in the American Revolutionary War.
  • He helped the colonists during the war.
  • Now you know why our school is named Lafayette Elementary School.

By: Cynthia Baca

May 19, 2010