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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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The Making of John Ledyard

Edward G. Gray

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This chapter focuses on John Ledyard's journey to Long Island Sound. About one year after returning to England aboard the Resolution, Ledyard was sent to sea once again. This time he was asked to leave England not as part of a benevolent expedition of discovery but rather as a member of a fighting force, and to do what he had hoped never to do: raise arms against his American countrymen. The chapter reveals that Ledyard's ship was sent to America to cruise Long Island Sound in search of American privateers and blockade runners. Ledyard arrived in the former colonies in October 1781, just before his thirtieth birthday and the same month of the catastrophic British defeat at Yorktown, Virginia. The chapter reveals that not only did he find himself having to raise arms against his countrymen, but that he also he now found himself having to do so for a lost cause.

Keywords:   expedition, ship, Long Island Sound, colonies, Yorktown

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