|Marquis de Lafayette|
In 1824 Lafayette was invited by the government of the United States to visit America as its guest, and his triumphal tour of the country lasted 15 months. Congress gave him a gift of $200,000 and a sizable tract of land. He visited Beaufort on March 18, 1825 and is purported to have spoken to a crowd of Beaufortonians from the porch of the John Mark Verdier House, a.k.a the Lafayette House, 801 Bay Street (currently operated as a house museum by the Historic Beaufort Foundation). Lafayette boarded the USS Brandywine on September 7, 1825 at Washington, DC to return to France amid great acclaim as the "hero of two worlds." He died May 20, 1834 in Paris.
If you want to know more about Lafayette, please review the contents of the Lafayette bookbag I've created. Another place to find out more information about Lafayette's life and times is to use the "Research Resources" link from our Library homepage to reach the databases we provide you. In fact, with the new DISCUS federated search, you can even see a printed invitation to a reception in honor of Lafayette from the University of South Carolina Digital Collections online catalog. Cool.
Digital Public Library of America more than 500 texts and images about this military leader. http://dp.la/search?utf8=%E2%9C%93&q=Lafayette%2C+Marquis+de
|Replica of Le Hermione, 2015 (I saw it moored off Mount Vernon, George Washington's home in June 2015)|
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