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When Lafayette returned to France, he played a significant role in fighting for French Independence. He ordered the destruction of the Bastille, a foreboding prison in the heart of Paris where a person could be incarcerated without the right of appeal.
Lafayette sent a key to the Bastille to his adopted father figure, George Washington, and Washington proudly displayed the key in his mansion at Mount Vernon (where it can be seen in the central passage today).
Watch the video below and read the article on the Mount Vernon website while answering the following questions on a piece of paper.
You, too, may be able to learn a few French words. Put them together and make some sense of them to display on our bulletin board.
While We're On the Subject
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Here is an account of another battle in another war in United States history: "Fix Bayonets!"