Ledyard : In Search of the First American Explorer

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For decades after his death in 1789, John Ledyard was celebrated as the greatest explorer America had ever produced. A veteran of Captain Cook's final voyage, he walked across nearly all of Russia and suggested to his friend Thomas Jefferson that traversing the American continent was feasible--inspiring the Lewis and Clark expedition. When he died he was preparing to venture into Africa. Once as famous as the Founding Fathers whom he had befriended and beguiled, the "American traveler," as Ledyard was called, fell into obscurity over the years, reduced to becoming a foot-noted reference in "Moby Dick."
Bill Gifford reenacted Ledyard's 1773 escape from Dartmouth College in a canoe and followed Ledyard's trail down the length of the Lena River in Siberia. In "Ledyard" he reveals the man in the legend, bringing back an American original and giving us a story that until now has not been fully told.
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  • Hardback | 331 pages
  • 142.2 x 210.8 x 33mm | 430.92g
  • United States
  • English
  • 0151012180
  • 9780151012183

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PRAISE FOR"LEDYARD" "John Ledyard is probably the most fascinating historical figure you've never heard of. As I raced through the pages of Bill Gifford's enormously entertaining portrait of this astounding character, I found myself wanting to cheer. "Ledyard"is a terrific book."--Jon Krakauer, author of"Under the Banner of Heaven"
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