If we take a step back in history, to the time of the American Revolution, it’s fair to say that France greatly helped America in winning its freedom from Britain during the American Revolution. Around a century later a number of Frenchmen sat down to share dinner at a dinner party. Towards the end of the night they were discussing the close ties France & America shared. So much so, that one of the men even referred to the two countries as ”the two sisters.” As their discussion continued somebody suggested what a great idea it would be if the people of France dedicated a statue to the people of America as a lasting reminder of their great ties. Among the people at the dinner party was the French sculptor Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi. He deemed this a legendary idea & soon set sail to New York. While in New York Bartholdi searched for the perfect spot for his monument which was to be New York Harbor since it was ”where people get their first view of the New World.”
The Statue of Liberty was given as a gift from France to America on October 28, 1886 & is located in LIberty Island, New York. It was given as a reminder of the friendship formed between the United States & France during the American Revolution. It’s official name is Liberty Enlightening the World.
The Statue is of a woman clad in a stola with a crown on her head carrying a torch in her raised right hand and a tabula in her other hand. Written on the tabula is the date of Declaration of Independence July 4, 1776 inscribed in Roman numerals. This is the day when America declared its independence from Britain.
The French sculptor Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi is the man responsible for the deisgn of the statue. On completion of the statue it was transported on board the French frigate “Isere” from France to the United States. In order to make transit easier the Statue was brought down to to 350 individual pieces and packed in 214 crates. The Statue was then re-assembled again in four months time on Liberty Island. It is around 93 metres tall and is made of copper.
The Statue is seen as a symbol of freedom and democracy around the world.