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Lunch Bite — A map created by Lafayette’s aide-de-camp for King Louis XVI

April 19, 2024 @ 12:30 pm - 1:00 pm

In 1777, French army officer Michel Capitaine du Chesnoy arrived in Charleston, South Carolina, with the marquis de Lafayette. During the American Revolution, Capitaine du Chesnoy served with Lafayette as both his aide-de-camp and mapmaker, producing several important plans of key engagements. In addition to his maps serving as vital tools for French officers who were strangers to the geography of the United States, Capitaine du Chesnoy’s maps also became an important propaganda tool. Join the Institute’s historical programs manager, Andrew Outten, for a discussion of one of Capitaine du Chesnoy’s important maps, Carte du Théatre de la Guerre dans l’Amérique Septentrionale, pendant les Années 1775, 76, 77 et 78. Produced in 1779 for King Louis XVI, the map was used by Lafayette to bolster his petition for increased support and expansion of French military operations in America. This presentation will discuss the significance of the map, its features, and the overall role it played in the Franco-American alliance.

This Lunch Bite accompanies our upcoming exhibition, Fete Lafayette: A French Hero’s Tour of the American Republicon view from March 2 through December 31, 2024.

Registration is requested. To attend the Lunch Bite in-person at Anderson House, or to watch virtually, please use the appropriate link below.

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April 19, 2024
12:30 pm - 1:00 pm
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