Lafayette Being Placed in Irons

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In 1792 Lafayette left France and was recognized in the Austrian-held Netherlands (now Belgium) and arrested. Here, guards fit him with irons in prison. In May 1794 he would be transferred to a barracks-prison, formerly a Jesuit college in Olmütz, Moravia (today Olomouc in the Czech Republic). American influence made it possible for his wife and daughters to join in him 1795, and the prisoner would finally be released to the American consul in Hamburg in October 1797.

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