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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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Across the Russian Empire

Across the Russian Empire

(p.136) Chapter VIII Across the Russian Empire
The Making of John Ledyard

Edward G. Gray

Yale University Press

This chapter focuses on John Ledyard's arrival in Russia. Ledyard arrived in St. Petersburg in March 1787. Although he spent nearly three months in the Russian capital, he wrote little at all about Europe's newest city. St. Petersburg was less than eighty years old when Ledyard arrived there. It was constructed on inhospitable, windswept marshlands by tens of thousands of conscript laborers, and grew from vast quantities of stone and marble brought from all over Europe and Russia. However, all these facts could not impress Ledyard at all, who showed little interest in the great baroque Winter Palace, completed in 1762, or the grand Nevsky Prospekt, with its fashionable residences and shops. The chapter also reveals that he was simply too consumed with the frustrations of travel in Russian dominions.

Keywords:   Russia, conscript laborers, Winter Palace, Russian dominions, St. Petersburg

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