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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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Becoming a Traveler in Thomas Jefferson's Paris

Becoming a Traveler in Thomas Jefferson's Paris

(p.124) Chapter VII Becoming a Traveler in Thomas Jefferson's Paris
The Making of John Ledyard

Edward G. Gray

Yale University Press

This chapter, which discusses Thomas Jefferson and John Ledyard's plans for a journey across America's western expanse, reveals that Jefferson had a fairly truncated view of the West, and that, for Ledyard, the transformation from factor to traveler was easy and quick. Ledyard also told his cousin Isaac about his new plan to cross America. The chapter reveals that through Lafayette, Ledyard and Jefferson were able to brief both the French foreign minister and the minister of the navy about the plan. Lafayette also introduced their plan to Baron von Grimm, the French envoy of the Russian empress Catherine II, but of the great men who were coming to know Ledyard and his scheme, it was Jefferson who really made the project possible.

Keywords:   Thomas Jefferson, traveler, Jones venture, Baron von Grimm

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