From Bill Bonner – Bill Bonner’s Book Club (United States) –
While we were in France this summer, a friend – Laurence Chatel de Brancion – gave us a copy of her new book, La Fayette: Rêver la gloire. Laurence is a historian who has been studying the life and times of Gilbert de Lafayette, upon whom her book – co-authored with Patrick Villiers – is focused.
Every schoolboy in the U.S. knows the basic story of the U.S. revolt against Britain. The Boston Tea Party… Paul Revere and the Minutemen… The Declaration of Independence… Valley Forge…
As for how the war ended, speaking for ourselves, we know the war effectively ended with the Battle of Yorktown, Virginia in 1781. And we give thanks to the French, whom Ben Franklin had courted for years in Paris, for “coming to our aid.”
The French fleet, under Lafayette’s command, arrived at the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay, cut off the British from their supply lines, and forced them to surrender. That’s why American troops, landing at Le Havre, France in 1917, announced: “Lafayette, we are here!”
That is the shorthand version. But history is always written by victors. And it is always full of lies. It is mythmaking… giving people a narrative that helps them feel as though they have something in common, some reason to salute their heroes of the past, and some reason to listen to presidential debates.