Marie Jean Paul Joseph Toche Yves Gilbert du Motier, other was known as Marquis de Lafayette, or just simply Lafayette, a young man near the age of twenty, fell in love with America and just the very idea of Liberty. He very much so admired General George Washington, and convinced King Louie that he needed to send men over to help the Americans. He himself, was not chosen to be the general, but that was ok. The French sent men, money, ships, and supplies to the Americans. The Americans at the time were broke, and so they relied on the French to give them all that they needed.