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The Making of John Ledyard
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The Making of John Ledyard: Empire and Ambition in the Life of an Early American Traveler

Edward G. Gray


During the course of his short but extraordinary life, John Ledyard (1751–1789) came into contact with some of the most remarkable figures of his era: the British explorer Captain James Cook, American financier Robert Morris, Revolutionary naval commander John Paul Jones, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, and others. He lived and traveled in remarkable places as well, journeying from the New England backcountry to Tahiti, Hawaii, the American Northwest coast, Alaska, and the Russian Far East. This biography offers not only a full account of Ledyard's eventful life but also an illuminating v ... More

Keywords: Captain James Cook, Robert Morris, John Paul Jones, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, New England, Tahiti, Hawaii, Alaska, Russian far east

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780300110555
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300110555.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Edward G. Gray, author