Without Major General Marie-Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert du Motier, the Marquis de Lafayette, there would be no United States. It is really as simple as that. I wrote this story to give young readers a better idea of who he was and what he did for America.
Lafayette toured the United States in 1824-25 as the Guest of the Nation (literally: the local governments of the cities and towns he visited paid all his expenses on the trip). He traveled over six thousand miles during the thirteen months of his journey, and he was mobbed by admirers everywhere he went. Although he was in his late sixties when he visited the United States, all accounts show that age had not diminished the power of Lafayette’s excellent mind, nor his high spirits.
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