President at West Point Academy
Polish President Andrzej Duda on Thursday visited the United States Military Academy in West Point, New York. Andrzej Duda was greeted on the school's premises by its head, General Robert L. Caslen.
Later in the day, President Duda delivered a lecture on history and Polish-US relations to the Academy's students, he also laid flowers at the school's memorial to Polish and US national hero Tadeusz Kosciuszko, who designed part of its premises.
Located in a one-time fortress in the town of West Point on the Hudson River, the United States Military Academy is the earliest military installation in the US. The site of the fortress was personally chosen by George Washington, its fortifications were designed by Kosciuszko.
Tadeusz Kosciuszko (February 4 or 12, 1746 – October 15, 1817) was a Polish–Lithuanian military leader who was proclaimed a national hero in Poland, Lithuania, Belarus and the United States. Kosciuszko fought in the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth's struggles against Russia and Prussia, and on the American side in the American Revolutionary War. As Supreme Commander of the Polish National Armed Forces, he led the 1794 Kosciuszko Uprising after which Poland was ultimately partitioned by Russia, Prussia and Austria.
The Kosciuszko Uprising was a Polish revolt against Imperial Russia and the Kingdom of Prussia and an unsuccessful attempt to free the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth from Russian dominance after the Second Partition of Poland (1793). The insurgency's fall preceded the 1795 Third Partition of the Commonwealth.
Numerous places worldwide are named after Kosciuszko, including the highest mountain in Australia and an island in Alaska, not to mention a New York bridge and several cities in the US.