Marquis De Lafayette timeline

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    Seven Years War

    Seven Years' WarHis father had died while fighting against the British during the Seven Years’ War,(The French and Indian War) which was from 1756-1763. Soon his mother and grandparents would also die, leaving him as a wealthy orphan.
  • Birth date

    Birth date
    Lafayette had never met his father, (who had died in the Seven Years' War against Britain). His mother and him had soon moved to Paris to move with their Grandparents, when his mother had died in 1770. Lafayette was only 13. Soon his grandafther dies, leaving him with a large sum of money, making him one of the weathliest young men in France.
  • joining Black Musketeers

    joining Black Musketeers
    His grandfather had wanted him to start his own career in the military, After all, most of Lafayette's ancestors had come from a noble background. Some had even fought along-side Joan of Arc. He had joined the King's Black Musketeers, which were called this because of the sleek black horses. The Three Musketeers were baesed on these men.
  • Marriage

    He married Adrienne de Noailles in 1774. They would soon have a son named after Gen. Washington, a daughter named after the General's hometown, Virginia, a another one named Anastasie.
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    American Revoultionary War

    The WarThis war was the reason why Lafayette had come to America in the first place. This was a war against the Colonies and the British. (Look at Dinner with the Duke, for more about why Lafayette wanted to come to fight).
  • Dinner with the Duke

    Dinner with the Duke
    Lafayette had dinner with the Duke of gloucester, who was the youngest brother of King George III. While eating, the Duke had spoken of his sympathy for the American Cause and had said that his brother should give the Americans at once. After hearing about this, Lafayette could only think of the revolution and to join with the Americans.
  • Lafayette is introduced to Deane

    Lafayette is introduced to Deane
    (No specific date). In July 1776, Silas Deane had come to France to get French support and aid. He began to recruit volunteers and had offered better pay and ranks than the French Army, Lafayette also wanted to join, so he asked for advise from The Comte de Broglie someone who had supported the American Cause. He had told Lafayette that his first duty was his family and did not help. But at a second time, the Comte introduced him to Deane who soon let him be a General Officer.
  • Arrival In America

    Arrival In America
    He arrived in Pennslyvania in 1777 (first arrived in North Carolina), and had overcame many obstacles. At that time, France was still a nuetral country during the American Revolution. (Look at Dinner With the Duke). He had went to meet with Gen. Washington at the City Tavern to get his commison as Major General. The two become good friends, Washington accepts him like we would to his son.
  • Wounded at Brandywine

    Wounded at Brandywine
    Washington's troops were being attacked from the behind when Lafayette had asked Washingto to join Gen. Sullivan's men on the right. By the time he had arrived, the British were already coming towards them, and the Americans were soon retreating in a panic. The Marquis tried to stop the panic, but did not succeed. He soon realized that a musket ball had torn through the calf of his left leg. After the retreat, the Marquis was treated by a physican. "Treat him as if he were my son" said Gen. Was.
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    Battle of Brandywine

    Brandywine's mapThe British had claimed Pennslyvania. This is because Washington put troops near Chadds Ford, and General Howe had someone pretend to have attack Washington at Chadds Ford, when he really attacked the American Right Flank. Gen. John Sullivan couldn't attack back, and then the American Army retreated. Lafayette went into the middle of the battle when everyone was scattering, and tried to rally everyone up, but couldn't, and he had gotton shot in his leg.
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    Expedition to Canada

    Canada MapCongress had wanted to take Canada from Britain, and had put Lafayette as in charge of the campaign. However, he never reached Canada, because when he stopped at Albany, NY, he did not find the troops or supplies he'd been promised.But it was not a total loss...(Look on Meeting with the Iroquois Indians).
  • Meeting with the Iroquois Indians

    Meeting with the Iroquois Indians
    Although the expedition to Canada was a fail, Lafayette had met up with the Ioquois Confederacy, who had been an ally towards France and had fought against the British. Together with Gen. Philip Schuyler, they had made a treaty of friendship with the Indians at the Convention. He recruited 50 Oneida Indians and sends them to Valley Forge,
  • Remarkable escape (Barren Hill)

    Remarkable escape (Barren Hill)
    The British were starting to attack from the rear, and Lafayette realized that that he only had one chance to retreat. At Valley Forge, they saw the retreat and within minutes, they were ready to help. Lafayette had managed to get away with his men unharmed or captured. He had shown great skill at decieving the enemy by having the snipers change positions after each shot to make the impression of a bigger army.
  • Battle at Yorktown

    Battle at Yorktown
    General Cornwallis surrenders at Yorktown, meaning the War is officially over. But the Treaty of Paris (a peace of teaty) was only signed four years later.
  • Signing of The Treaty of Paris

    Signing of The Treaty of Paris
    Four years ago Gen. Cornwallis had surrendered to the Americans, but it was not yet offical that the colonies were now independent until the Treay of Paris, which had acknowledged that America was now independent from Britain.
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    The French Revolution

    Burning Wall(No specific dates) The monarchs had been spending their money on many MANY friviolus things, and did not care about the citizens of France. This is the cause of the French Revolution. Queen Marie-Antoinette and King Louie XVI were the monarchs, and were soon beheaded. Napoleon Bonaparte was the new leader after the Revolution.
  • Presentation of France's Bill of Rights

     Presentation of France's Bill of Rights
    Lafayette had made a Bill of Rights, similar to America's called the Declaration of the Rightsof Man and of the Citizen. Thomas Jefferson had helped him make it/ prepare it. He presented this to the National assembly on July 11, 1789. It was soon approved in the same year.
  • Escape from France

    Escape from France
    Lafayette flees France and goes to Belgium (because of the Reign of Terror), where he is then captured and turned over to Austria. He was captured because it was thought that he was against the revolution in France. Lafayette claims American Citizenship, but officals ignore him. Soon his wife and two daughters are also captured.
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    Lafayette's Prisontime/ exilement

    [Jailtime](,1236156825,4/stock-photo-behind-bars-of-prison-26091898.jpg)He had spent five years in a Prussian Dungeon, then a prison in Austria. Adrienne de Noailles 's grandmother, sister, and mother were soon executed. Adrienne and her daughters soon met with Lafayette in the same jail. in Austria. In 1979, the family was released and sent to exile to Denmark. They returned to France 3 years later.
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    The Reign of Terror

    RobespierreA man with the name Maximilien Robespierre "saves" France from the revolution by executing anyone who was even under a little suspicion about being against the Revolution. He himself was soon executed when the people became afraid of him. This was why Lafayette was in prison.
  • Lafayette and Family's Release

    Lafayette and Family's Release
    Lafayette's family were released on Sept. 19, 1797, except for his son, George Washingto Lafayette, who had stayed with Former Gen. George Washington until now. Their release happened because many American envoys, James Monroe, and Gouveneur Morris had helped negotiate about his release a year before.
  • Death

    The Great General was buried, as he had wished, in American Soil that he had gotten from his tour to America a few years ago, in a cemetery on the outskirts of Paris.