Daughters of the American Revolution: The French Connection

In December 2016, Ipublished this blog which introduced you to the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) organization. Then, in March 2017, this blog summarizes the DAR’s involvement with genealogy research.

Today’s final blog highlights how the French Daughters of the American Revolution came to be from the French involvement in the American Revolution.

The French DAR

The French DAR is a member of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR) and was founded in Paris on March 20, 1934. They are committed to preserving the memory of this historical alliance and deepening the ties of French-American friendship that has grown out of shared cultural values.

The activities of the DAR in France are coordinated through the Rochambeau Chapter, located in Paris. This chapter is known as a state society comprised of women. These women are the direct descendants of French and American patriots who actively participated in the American Revolution.

Like the membership process for being a member of the American DAR, applicants must prove their lineage to someone who participated in the American Revolution.

The Rochambeau Chapter pursues the objectives of the NSDAR, notably in the fields of history, patriotism, and education while also maintaining the French-American friendship through daily cultural exchanges.

Various Activities

  • Celebration of the anniversary of the Louisianna Purchase
  • Relief efforts such as for the hurricane disasters in Louisiana
  • Donations of educational materials such as bilingual school books for primary schools in the New Orleans area

The French Involvement in the American Revolution

The French played a vital role in the American Revolution as they were the first allies to the new United States and provided military support during the war against the British. 

The alliance was a decision of the King of France, Louis XVI, in 1778, to lend military and economic support to the American campaign that led to the surrender of the British troops at Yorktown in 1781. This battle was led by combined leadership efforts of General George Washington (the first President of the United States), General Rochambeau, and Admiral de Grasse.

The war ended in 1783 with the signing of the Treaties of Paris and Versailles in 1783.

About the DAR

The DAR is a non-profit organization that was established in 1890 and aims to educate, preserve history and celebrate patriotism.

The women in this organization are confirmed descendants of an ancestor who aided in achieving American independence from Great Britain during the American Revolution (1765-1783).

The DAR has chapters in over 13 countries around the world.

This blog is the final installment of a three-part series. If you missed the first two blogs, they can be found below.

  1. Meet the Daughters of the American Revolution
  2. Meet the Daughters of the American Revolution: The Genealogy Connection