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The Making of John LedyardEmpire and Ambition in the Life of an Early American Traveler$
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Edward G. Gray

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780300110555

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300110555.001.0001

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To Africa

To Africa

(p.170) Chapter X To Africa
The Making of John Ledyard

Edward G. Gray

Yale University Press

This chapter focuses on John Ledyard's travel to Africa. On June 30, 1788, Ledyard left London for Paris. From there he traveled to Marseilles, crossed the Mediterranean to Alexandria, and then sailed downriver to Cairo, where he arrived in mid-August, carrying with him funds from the African Association and the usual letters of introduction. Upon arriving in Cairo, Ledyard planned to procure the necessary supplies and guides, and then travel south to the city of Sennar (in what is now eastern Sudan) with one of the periodic trading caravans that made the trip. From Sennar he would travel west in search of the Niger. The whole scheme was foolhardy. Neither Ledyard nor the association had any idea what the traveler would find. Ledyard spent between three and four months in Cairo. The chapter reveals that he died in Africa in 1789 before completing his exploration of Africa.

Keywords:   Africa, Marseilles, Alexandria, Cairo, African Association, Sennar

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