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The Real History of the Statue of Liberty

Locations in this article:  New York City, NY

As July 4th approaches and we begin to once again celebrate our independence, it might also be the time to put the Statue of Liberty in proper historical perspective.

Most of us think the statue was a present that France gave to America, and that’s technically correct. But America actually needs to thank another country for the gift.

The Statue of Liberty was originally intended for Egypt. Sculptor Frederic Bartholdi was inspired by the pyramids and wanted to construct a lighthouse twice the size of the sphinx.

The statue was to be of a peasant woman holding a torch to the sky. But Egypt went into debt before it could finance the project. Bartholdi then modified his vision and gave it to us instead, to celebrate our centennial.

And now you know the real history.