Lafayette Arrives in America

On June 13, 1977, Gilbert du Motier, Marquis de Lafayette landed near Charleston, South Carolina, in order to help the Continental Congress to train its army during the American Revolutionary War. A French aristocrat and army officer, he embraced the republican ideals of the late eighteenth century. At first, the Continental Congress was unimpressed with Lafayette, who spoke little English. However, when he agreed to serve … Continue reading Lafayette Arrives in America