The French frigate Isere steamed into New York Harbor on June 17, 1885. On board were 214 crates originating in France. Inside the crates were the 350 individual pieces that would be assembled to create the Statue of Liberty. The statue was a gift to the United States from the people of France. The copper clad statue was designed by Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi and engineered by Alexandre Gustave Eiffel, the designer of the Eiffel Tower. To this day it stands in the harbor, a reminder of the ideals upon which the nation is founded and to which it aspires.
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