In honor of friendship, America probably could not have won its freedom from the British during the American Revolution without the help of the French.
The Statue of Liberty Enlightening the World is the original name which is the iconic NY monument on Liberty Island in Harbor is of a robed female figure representing liberates, the Roman goddess of freedom. It was actually a gift of friendship from the people of France to the people of the United States in honor of the Centennial of American Independence. Liberty Island is situated in Upper New York Bay at the mouth of the Hudson River and measures an area of just over 10 acres.
The pedestal construction was finished in April of 1886. The statue was built from copper sheets mounted onto a steel framework. The Statue was completed in France in July, 1884 and was shipped overseas to arrive in New York Harbor in June of 1885 on board the French frigate “Isere” which transported the Statue of Liberty from France to the United States.
In transit, the Statue was reduced to 350 individual pieces and packed in 214 crates and it took four months to put her together!
On October 28th 1886, the dedication of the Statue of Liberty has towered above the New York Harbor and took place in front of thousands of spectators. Designated as a National Monument in 1924 and restored for her centennial on July 4, 1986. She was a centennial gift ten years late. Lady Liberty weighs 450,000 pounds and stands 151 feet tall. From the tips of her crown to the broken shackles at her feet, the Statue of Liberty is an unforgettable sight to behold.
The Statue of Liberty is one of New York’s most popular tourist attractions, has captivated travelers from every corner of the world for over one hundred years. One of the most recognizable and well-known women in the world.
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