Platter with Scene of the Landing of General Lafayette at Castle Garden, New York

In 1824, President James Monroe invited the Marquis de Lafayette, the last surviving general of the Revolutionary War, to visit the United States from his native France. On August 16, 1824, Lafayette landed at Castle Garden (in present-day Battery Park), New York, where he was greeted with great fanfare, including a parade, lavish banquets, a […]