Independent Spirit

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Today is Independence Day in the USA, commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on 4 July 1776. For Thomas Jefferson it is a double anniversary – not only was he the principal author of the Declaration of Independence, but he died on 4 July 1826.

The statue of Jefferson above is in Paris, at one end of the Solferino Bridge (below). It commemorates the fact that he was the Ambassador to France in 1785-9, and then President of America 1801-9.

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