Marie Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert du Montier, better known as the Marquis de Lafayette, purchased a ship at age 20 and, together with other young idiot idealists, sailed to America to fight in the Revolution. Schooled in classic European warfare, he trained Amercian troops and fought with distinction in a number of battles. After the Revolution, he returned to France, attempted to reform the monarchy, and was forced to flee the country. Returning in 1800, he survived Napoleon, and help establish a constitutional monarchy in 1830.