The Marquis de Lafayette was a young aristocrat from France who played a key role in the success of the American Revolution. From a wealthy family with a military history, Lafayette admired the struggle for independence in the American colonies and crossed the Atlantic Ocean to fight on the side of the colonists. His skills both on the battlefield and in persuading the government of France to support the American colonists earned him an enduring friendship with the future president, George Washington, and a lasting legacy in the history of the United States. Having fended for themselves for nearly two generations, many citizens in America's 13 colonies resented having to pay taxes to Great Britain-a country far away across the ocean. Protest against the British government grew into rebellion; rebellion quickly turned into war. Understanding the American Revolution describes the events that led up to the fight for an independent United States of America, the battles between British and Patriot forces, and what life was like during the conflict. Book jacket.
Marquis de Lafayette
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