Written by Joseph Ditta, Reference Librarian.
Apropos of nothing, here are two elephant "firsts" from the library collections.The Elephant (Newburyport, Mass.: William Barrett, 1797) Broadside SY1797 no. 26.
Although most accounts refer to it in the masculine, the first elephant brought to the United States (through New York, of course!), was actually female. Some sources call her "Old Bet," and she arrived on 13 April 1796 aboard the ship America, commanded by Jacob Crowninshield of Salem, Massachusetts....Read More
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