American Traveler: The Life and Adventures of John Ledyard, the Man Who Dreamed of Walking The World

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Basic Books, 6.3.2009 - 384 sivua
Called a "man of genius" by his close friend Thomas Jefferson, John Ledyard lived, by any standard, a remarkable life. In his thirty-eight years, he accompanied Captain Cook on his last voyage; befriended Jefferson, Lafayette, and Tom Paine in Paris; was the first American citizen to see Alaska, Hawaii, and the west coast of America; and set out to find the source of the Niger by traveling from Cairo across the Sahara. His greatest dream, concocted with Jefferson, was to travel alone around the world and cross the American continent from the Pacific Northwest to the Atlantic. Catherine the Great dashed that dream when she had him arrested in deepest Siberia and escorted back to the Polish border. Ledyard wrote the definitive account of Cook's last voyage and his death at the hands of Hawaiian islanders, and formed a company with John Paul Jones that launched the American fur trade in the Pacific Northwest.Before the Revolution, Americans by and large didn't travel great distances, rarely venturing west of the Appalachians. Ledyard, with his boundless enthusiasm and wide-ranging intellect, changed all that. In lively prose, journalist James Zug tells the riveting story of this immensely influential character -a Ben Franklin with wanderlust-a uniquely American pioneer.
 

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A fast-paced account of America's first great explorer.John Ledyard was born in 1751 Connecticut, died in Cairo, and traveled almost everywhere else imaginable in the intervening 37 years. The heart ... Lue koko arvostelu

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Oceans Briny WavesA Connecticut Childhood
1
Saucy EnoughDartmouth
9
Before the MastA Sailor and a Marine
25
Their Native CourageShipping with Captain Cook
35
Dancing Through LifePolynesia
51
Soothed a Homesick HeartThe Search
73
Grief on Every CountenanceDeath on the Beach
91
Not Short of MutinyComing Home
107
Bought for a BagatelleAn American in Paris
139
More Shirts than ShillingsWalking the World
161
Double RelishSiberia
183
Common Flag of HumanityBanished
203
Epilogue
229
Acknowledgments
237
Notes
245
Credits
273

Crooked BilletChasing the Fur Trade
117

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