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Hero's welcome for French replica ship Hermione after US voyage

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Hero's welcome for French replica ship Hermione after US voyage

<p>The replica ship, the Hermione, arrived back in France on Monday to a hero’s welcome, after an historic trans-Atlantic voyage celebrating past and present US-French relations.</p> <p>The vessel is a copy of a French navy frigate that took troops and supplies to America in 1780 for its war of independence against Britain.</p> <p>Also on board back then was the French aristocrat, the Marquis de Lafayette, whose support for his friend George Washington was a critical component in beating the British.</p> <p>To the American independence movement of the time, Lafayette – whose full name was Marie-Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert de Motier de Lafayette – was ‘our Marquis’.</p> <p>On the replica’s US adventure, stops were made at key locations in revolutionary history including Yorktown, Virginia, where Lafayette and his forces played a key role in a decisive battle against the British.</p> <p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="fr"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Hermione voyage would like to say "Merci" to all the reenactors who helped bring 18th C. America to life this summer! <a href="http://t.co/99uvalUYyD">pic.twitter.com/99uvalUYyD</a></p>— Hermione 2015 (@hermionevoyage) <a href="https://twitter.com/hermionevoyage/status/623975853995614208">22 Juillet 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <p>Having left French shores in April, the Hermione returned in triumph from its trans-Atlantic adventure on Monday, arriving in Brest in northwestern France amid a carnival atmosphere.</p>