Touring the United States starting in 1824 to expose a new generation to the “Spirit of 1776,” the Marquis de la Lafayette, former aide to George Washington, arrived in Alabama at the Fort Mitchell crossing of the Chattahoochee River. Met by Cavalry troops and 100 Creek horsemen to escort him through Creek territory, Lafayette was honored with lavish receptions in Montgomery, Cahaba, and Mobile.

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Encyclopedia of Alabama

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