WHAT!! The French?
Why - oh - why Sammy Girl are you talking about French things?
On the MOST AMERICAN HOLIDAY!
download from Vintage by Crystal
Well, it's NOT that everyone has a penchant for all things French (which they do)
NOR that I have acquired an interest in some very French-y things (although I have) --
but the fact that the SUCCESS of our Revolution was VERY DEPENDENT upon the French. (Now I don't want to sound like I was THERE .... so I am relying on history buffs and scholars.)
Want to know more specifics?
The French were key in maintaining our new image as a nation and garnering support in Europe (diplomacy) .... providing important military support in critical times (French Admiral de Grasse and his fleet and a French army under the French Comte de Rochambeau are credited with Corwall's surrender) and one of MY favorite French connections ... the Marquis de LaFayette .... he was so awesome everyone just used his title ... that wasn't even his name!
Who was he? A young stud .... er, gun from France who helped to popularize the war - shared his training and expertise to help the US military and diplomatic icons like Franklin - and was the first person to be given honorary American citizenship.
All in all, he was treated like a rock star, especially when he toured the US near the 50th anniversary of Independence ... (kinda, sorta, like a rock star, if you know what I mean ... given land in Florida and money and LOTS of public accolades).
Of course, maybe all that was because he had been so YOUNG during the war he was the only HERO and friend of Gen'l WASHINGTON still alive!
Here's a very good one page essay on the American Revolution ... a more comprehensive and global look back than most of us had in school.
Ok! Enough of the history!
Here are a couple of French-y downloads for you to celebrate the 4th of July.
download from White Linen
download from Perpetualplum
Some of my MOST FAVORITE French-y things I have saved for another time, but I'll leave you with a final fun thought. The Revolution (aka Revolutionary War which followed the whole Declaration of Independence thing) became the game plan for REVOLUTIONS AROUND THE WORLD!
Yes, we in the USA are TRENDSETTERS.
I think that's also another word for rule-breakers .... which is what my ENTIRE family considers me to be. So, join me in celebrating the 4th of July .........
and eat dessert FIRST!
Off to the parade and fireworks in Stayton, but first a street faire in Silverton and family get-together at my mom's ...
Hugs and wishes for a happy and safe holiday!