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John Ledyard

Born: 1751 [1]
Birthplace: Groton, CT
Died: 10-Jan-1789
Location of death: Cairo, Egypt
Cause of death: unspecified

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Occupation: Explorer

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Explored Hawaii with Captain James Cook

Explorer who sailed with Captain James Cook to the Sandwich Islands, which we now know as Hawaii. Educated at Dartmouth. Urged by Thomas Jefferson to seek a Pacific route across North America, he explored Russia on foot. However, he was stopped by order of Catherine of Russia, thinking him a spy. He was deported halfway through his journey, in 1787. He died in Cairo while exploring Egypt, at the age of 37.


[1] According to church ledger, baptized 10 November 1751.

Father: John Ledyard (Captain)
Mother: Abigail Hempstead Ledyard

Author of books:
A Journal of Captain Cook's Last Voyage to the Pacific Ocean (1783)



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