John Ledyard's far from a household name in his own country even though he's arguably the United States' first explorer, and, had Catherine the Great not abruptly ended his circumnavigation of the globe in 1787-1788, could very well have achieved what Lewis & Clark accomplished fifteen years later. Ledyard also attended Dartmouth, participated in Cook's Third Voyage, knew Thomas Jefferson, earned Sir Joseph Banks' support and saw more of the globe than most people could imagine...Read More
Long before becoming arguably the most celebrated portraitist in American history, even Gilbert Stuart was a starving artist – literally.
With a revolution breaking out in his homeland, Stuart had arrived in England in autumn 1775. But little did he know he would later be describing this choice as “pitching headlong into misery” after failing to generate adequate income. By the time of this undated letter (believed to be around Easter, 1777), he was broke and...Read More
This post was written by Eva Gratta, New-York Historical Society Graduate Archival Research Fellow
Recognized as the greatest hero of the Revolutionary Navy, John Paul Jones is remembered for his colorful life and tenacity in battle. Jones achieved his most celebrated victory as the commander of the American warship Bon Homme Richard, which defeated the British frigate HMS Serapis off the coast of Flamborough Head, east Yorkshire, in 1779.
As a Graduate Archival Research Fellow this semester, I...Read More
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