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Marie-Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert du Motier, Marquis de Lafayette, often known in the United States simply as Lafayette, was a French aristocrat and military officer who fought in the American Revolutionary War commanding American troops in several battles, including the Siege of Yorktown. After returning to France, he was a key figure in the French Revolution of 1789 and the July Revolution of 1830.
  • Personal 

  • Finding a cause 

  • Departure for America 

  • American Revolution 

  • Brandywine, Valley Forge, and Albany 

  • Barren Hill, Monmouth, and Rhode Island 

  • Return to France 

  • Second voyage to America 

  • Virginia and Yorktown 

  • Hero of two worlds 

  • Assembly of Notables and Estates-General 

  • National Guard, Versailles, and Day of Daggers 

  • Decline: Flight to Varennes and Champs de Mars massacre 

  • Conflict and exile 

  • Prisoner 

  • Retreat from politics 

  • Bourbon restoration 

  • Grand tour of the United States 

  • Final years and death 

  • Beliefs 

  • Assessment