Why did the people of France gift the Statue of Liberty to the USA?

When you think of the USA, the first thing that comes to the mind is the Statue of Liberty- a colossal statue of the Roman goddess- Libertas holding aloft a torch, facing the Atlantic Ocean. The Statue of Liberty was a gift from the people of France to the citizens of the USA to celebrate the 100th year of the Declaration of Independence, which fell on the 4th July, 1876.

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The Statue of Liberty stands on Liberty Island, in the New York Bay. It was over 93 metres tall. It is made of pure copper, and holds a gold plated torch in one hand to welcome those arriving in America from across the ocean. The left hand holds a stone tablet representing the Declaration of Independence. There are broken chains representing freedom from bonds at the feet of the statue, and on its head, there is a crown with seven points. These seven points symbolize the seven seas and seven continents- and also the fact that people from all over the world are welcome in America.

The Statue of Liberty was designed by French sculptor Auguste Bartholdi, was built by Gustave Eiffel and dedicated on October 28, 1886.