Marie Joseph Paul Yves Roche Gilbert Du Motier

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Marie Joseph Paul Yves Roche Gilbert du Motier, Marquis de Lafayette was born in 1757. At a very young age Mr. Lafayette became a very wealthy orphan after his parents passing; his father at two years old and mother at twelve. When the young wealthy orphan turned fourteen years of age he decided he would join the Royal Army and at the age of 16 married into one of the wealthiest families in France marrying Marie Adrienne Francoise de Noailles. When he turned eighteen years old he found himself at a dinner where he met the Duke of Gloucester who spoke with much compassion regarding the trials the colonies were facing. Hoping to keep his plans a secret from the King whom he knows would be completely against his plans; Mr. Lafayette reveals to a close friend Comte de Broglie his plans of a better life far away in the United States. After learning of his friend’s plans to travel to the Americas Comte de Broglie introduced Mr. Lafayette to the Baron Johan De Kalb who also had travel plans to the U.S. and after delays and a few written agreements from Silas Deane with promises they would be commissioned major generals they set off across the Atlantic. After arriving to the United States he and several other French officers volunteered to aid the Americans after learning of the difficulties involved with their efforts to gain independence. In the summer 1777 Mr. Lafayette found himself in Charleston, South Carolina and Philadelphia where Congress showed him great hospitality by

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