Lafayette Park in Washington, DC
By Rachel Cooper, About.com Guide
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General Comte de Rochambeau
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The Rochambeau statue, erected in 1902 at the southwest corner of Lafayette Park in Washington, DC, is a replica of an original sculpture created by French sculptor Fernand Hamar and unveiled in Vendôme, France. The statue of the American Revolutionary War hero, General Comte de Rochambeau, was intended to help solidify relations between the United States and France following the Spanish-American War. Jean-Baptiste-Donatien de Vimeur, Comte de Rochambeau (1725–1807), was the commander of the French army that fought along side with George Washington and the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War.
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