Lafayette- Good or Bad?

Gilbert du Motier, Marquis de Lafayette, otherwise simply referred to as Lafayette or La Fayette, was a french general who prior to the French Revolution aided general Washington and other high ranking american generals in the American Revolution by giving supplies, troops and his valuable expertise to the american cause. At the start of the French Revolution Lafayette created the National Guard.  Despite the many beneficial things that Lafayette did both in the United States and France, many people still saw him as somewhat of a “Sketchy” person. Lafayette one day left and headed for Austria.  French officials were left to believe that Lafayette was sharing battle tactics with the enemy.  He was then removed from the head of the National Guard by a 2:1 Vote and moved to “Regular Army Command” in the east of France.  As said in the book,  The Giant of the French Revolution, “The Greatest obstacle that summer to Danton’s preparations for a second revolution- the dismantling of the throne- turned out to be his old nemisis La Fayette, who was supposed to be out of the way leading the revolutionary army in the east. Indeed he was on the eastern fronteir, leading his forces from retreat to retreat.  Unwittingly, though, La Fayette had lit the fuse for the people’s June Assault on the Tuileries.” Lafayette did Strengthen the bond between France and the United States and he was an amazing General whom started the French National Guard, However he also was the cause of the People’s Assault on the Tuileries, and was believed to have shared France’s war tactics with the enemy. Overall, the evidence that I have amounted in my research suggests that General Lafayette was a great Revolutionary leader who greatly impacted both French and American Revolutions creating two societies that are considered some of the best in the world today.

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One Response to Lafayette- Good or Bad?

  1. Dr. K says:

    But here’s a puzzling question: if he was a great leader, how do you reconcile that with the view that he precipitated the attack on the Tuileries, and may have even committed treason?

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