From July, 1824 to August, 1825 the Marquis de Lafayette, the famous French General who played a pivotal role in the American Revolution, traveled across all 24 of the United States in celebration of nearly 50 years since victory over the British at Yorktown, Va. He was the biggest celebrity this country had ever seen. The Lafayette Trail Project aims at creating an historical trail based on General Lafayette's footsteps during his 1824-1825 Farewell Tour. Our goal is to provide localities whose history taps into General Lafayette with new incentives to increase tourism and benefit the development of local economies. Our activities include, but are not limited to, historical research, interpretation, webmapping and web design. Our mission also encompasses outreach to decision-making public figures and includes writing articles and delivering lectures across the United States to raise awareness about the achievements of General Lafayette as the Bicentennial of the Farewell Tour draws closer in 2024.
Cross-referencing sources involves overlaying large-scale narratives about the tour with evidence kept in local historical societies and public libraries.
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