Timeline - 1757 to the Present
1757 Sept 6: Marie-Joseph-Paul-Yves-Roch-Gilbert du Motier, Marquis de Lafayette, is born at Chateau Chavaniac in the Auverne section of southern France.
1770 April 24: Lafayette's maternal grandfather dies. He inherits great wealth from the La Riviere estate that includes a thousand acres of land, farms in Brittany, and business investments in the Indies. At 13, he becomes one of the wealthiest aristocrats in Europe.
1781 January: Continental unrest. Pennsylvania and New Jersey troops mutiny. Washington hopes such actions inspire no repeat performances in other battalions.
1824 August: Lafayette visits the spot where the Boston Liberty Tree had once stood.