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New York City Embraces Lafayette, 1824 Poster

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Gilbert du Motier, the Marquis de Lafayette (1757-1834) first arrived in America in 1777 to assist George Washington in the cause for independence. From that time, and despite differences in language, age and upbringing, the two formed a life-long friendship and were united by common beliefs in human liberty and democratic society, principles that set them apart as inspirational leaders. Nearly 50 years later, in 1824, Lafayette returned to the United States, and was welcomed by prominent citizens and jubilant onlookers in all of the young country's 24 states. Initially arriving in New York, "the Nation's Guest" undertook a triumphant 13-month tour and was venerated in cities and towns as a close associate of General George Washington and last surviving general of the Revolutionary War. Lafayette was twice granted Honorary Citizenship of the United States, first in 1824 (along with his descendants in perpetuity), and again, posthumously in 2002; one of only six specific persons so honored.

26.5 x 20.5 inches (width x height)
ITEM NUMBER: 6757