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Lafayette went back to France in 1779 where he won formal French support for the American cause. His tactical cunning and fearlessness in battle saved the revolution many times. Lafayette's French connections were best used at the 1781 battle of Yorktown where he cornered Britain's Lord Cornwallis. He used a triangle made of French reinforcements to the west, American troops to the east, and the York River to the north. After a seven day siege Cornwallis capitulated. This blow to British forces insured the American Revolution was all but won. French-American Alliance The French chose to help the Americans because they saw it as a chance for revenge against the British. The French had finally gotten their chance for revenge, and they were going to take it! They wanted to avenge themselves and tear up the treaty of Paris.
The French had sent emissaries to the American colonies to see just how committed to independence the Americans really were. The French viewed the American Revolution as belligerency.
When the battle at Saratoga was won by the Americans, the French decided to form an alliance with the Americans. The alliance stated that if war were to break out between France and Great Britain, the Americans would help the French, and nobody would throw down their arms until independence was won. French-American Alliance Lafayette's devotedness to the American cause was best described through his words and actions. Some of Lafayette's quotes are: The Marquis de Lafayette's Quotes "When the government violates the people's rights, insurrection is, for the people and for each portion of the people, the most sacred of rights and the most indispensable of duties."
"If the liberties of the American people are ever destroyed, they will fall by the hands of the clergy."
-The Marquis de Lafayette By: Kendra Tackett Map of France The Marquis de Lafayette was born in Chavaniac Auvergne, France. He the lived in Paris, France. http://prezi.com/tuitohwghp5m/edit/#0
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