The sculptor Bartholdi and the engineer Gustave Eiffel designed the Statue of Liberty in New York.
It was France's gift to the American people to mark the 100th anniversary in 1876 of the United States of America’s independence from Great-Britain.
The statue, 46 meters tall, was finally inaugurated in 1886.
It is on the small Liberty Island, south-west of Manhattan.
It welcomes immigrants to America, many of whom having fled political and economic oppression.
One of the chief emblems of the United States, it is a sign of the friendship and shared values between the USA and France.
Called Liberty enlightening the world, it is meant to encourage people to overthrow tyranny everywhere.
Since the statue was built, the USA has indeed defended (often through military means...) democracy and the right to self-determination of nations.