The Making of John Ledyard: Empire and Ambition in the Life of an Early American Traveler.

By: Gray, Edward G.

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Signed and inscribed by the author. Octavo, gray cloth (hardcover), gilt letters, xi + 224 pp. Fine (As New) in a Fine (As New) dust jacket. From dust jacket: During the course of his short but extraordinary life, John Ledyard (1751-1789) came in contact with some of the most remarkable figures of his era: the British explorer Captain James Cook, the American financier Robert Morris, the revolutionary naval commander John Paul Jones, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, and others. Ledyard lived and traveled in remarkable places as well, journeying from the New England backcountry of Connecticut to Tahiti, Hawaii, the American Northwest coast, Alaska, and the Russian Far East. In this engaging biography, the historian Edward Gray offers not only a full account of Ledyard's eventful life but has also an illuminating view of the late eighteenth-century world in which he lived. Ledyard was both a product of empire and an agent in its creation, Gray shows -- and through this adventurer's life it is possible to discern the many ways empire shaped the lives of nations, peoples, and individuals in the era of the American Revolution -- the world's first modern revolt against empire.

Title: The Making of John Ledyard: Empire and Ambition in the Life of an Early American Traveler.

Author Name: Gray, Edward G.

Categories: American Biography,

Publisher: New Haven: Yale University Press, (2007). First Edition.:

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