Saturday, October 15, 2016

USA - Claifornia

Thaddeus Kosciuszko

Tadeusz Kosciuszko was a Polish-born member of the nobility who rose to great fame when the young man traveled to the American Colonies to join the fight for Independence.  At that time, Poland had already had the First Partition (when Russia, Austria, and Prussia took territory from Poland, eventually leading to the country being wiped from the map of Europe).  

Kosciuszko was a favorite of General Washington and oversaw the construction of West Point.  His will stipulated for the executor of it, Thomas Jefferson, to use the funds to free slaves in America, though sadly Jefferson did not do this.  

Kosciuszko returned to Partitioned Poland and lead the failed Kosciuszko Uprising in 1794.  He died in Switzerland on October 15, 1817, 199 years ago. 

This card comes from my friend Shelby.

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