Lafayette, we are here!

By the mid 18th century the English had long been the greatest rival of the French monarchy.  Many in the French nobility had admired English freedoms, some dating back to those granted in the infamous Magna Carta signed by King John in the early 1200's.

These were the days also when the English colonies were producing a remarkable generation of philosophers and admirers of French thought.  Men like Franklin, Jefferson, Adams, and Washington were about to change the world forever.  In 1776, no country was more fixed upon the new events than was France.

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