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
This post was written by Miranda Schwartz, cataloging technician.
The New-York Historical Society Library has a collection of eighteen letters by Louisa May Alcott, best known as the author of the 1868 novel Little Women, a classic of American children’s literature. The Alcott letters are in the American Historical Manuscripts Collection, a trove of 12,000 small manuscript collections covering hundreds of years of American history.
Alcott, the second oldest of four sisters, grew up in Concord, Massachusetts. Her...Read More
Post written by Eric Robinson
It’s hard to believe, but a document with the imperious title A Map of the British and French Dominions in North America was the cartographic basis for our American republic. John Mitchell’s 1755 masterpiece provided the lens with which the founding generation negotiated independence and plotted westward settlement. Needless to say, that’s not how Mr. Mitchell intended it. Today we’ll look at the map’s original purposes, and save a discussion of...Read More
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