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French connections abound in Southwestern Pennsylvania

A mannequin at Braddock’s Battlefield History Center in North Braddock sports a uniform typical of the French Marines who defeated General Edward Braddock’s British troops during the 1755 Battle of the Monongahela.

On Sunday, when France celebrates its day of independence, Bastille Day, it’s a good time to acknowledge the strong influence that country and its people have had on Westmoreland, Allegheny and surrounding counties — beginning before the United States existed.

Source: The Tribune-Review

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