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Gilbert du Motier, Marquis de Lafayette – Born on 6 September 1757

The Marquis de Lafayette, the leader of leader of the Garde Nationale during the French Revolution era, was born in Chavaniac on 6 September 1757. Lafayette led an utterly amazing life and, in addition to his role during the French Revolution, he was also a general in the American War of Independence. The Archive contains scores of fascinating stories about Lafayette. To give you a taste of his derring-do life and the historic events in which was a leading figure,

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