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Thomas Jefferson's Paris - 1785

Jean Lattre: Plan routier de la Ville et Faubourgs de Paris - 1792
Courtesy of Barry Lawrence Ruderman Antique Maps, Inc.
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​Jefferson signed a nine-month lease on the Hotel Landron at 5 cul de sac Taitbout [marked above] on 16 October 1784. He lived there until 17 October 1785 when he moved to the Hotel de Langeac on "Avenue de Neuilly" (Champs-Elysees) at rue Neuve de Berri on the western end of the avenue [marked below]. He made eight excursions with Pierre Cabanis during his residence at Hotel Landron. During these outings, Cabanis acquainted him with the French capitol city, the people who lived there, and the enlightened trends in French thought. In the course of these introductions, Jefferson grasped the French concept of Progress and became a progressive. In the spring and summer of 1785, in other words, Jefferson became enlightened.

The numbered locations on the map above and the map below show where Jefferson toured with his enlightened French mentor, Pierre Cabanis.
The Hermitage
 at Mount Valerian
Hotel de Langeac
Hotel Landron
 Jefferson’s Eight Excursions - Spring/Summer 1785

            Excursion 1 – Le Jardin des Tuilieres
            Excursion 2 – le Palais Royal
            Excursion 3 - le Théâtre-Français
            Excursion 4 – le Hotel Landron
            Excursion 5 – le Salon du Madame d’Houdetot
            Excursion 6 – Le Hermitage du Mount Valerian
            Excursion 7 - le Hotel des Monnaies
            Excursion 8 - le Halle aux Bles

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The Environs of Paris: 
"This scarce hand colored map of Paris and Environs is a copper plate engraving dating to 1855. Produced by the mid 19th century American Respected Mapmaker J.H. Colton. Map covers the Seine valley in Roughly a 30 mile radius of Paris. Versailles Appears in the extreme southwest and Vitry in the extreme northeast. The whole is beautifully detailed down to individual buildings. A beautiful and superbly detailed map."

This file was provided to Wikimedia Commons by Geographicus Rare Antique Maps , a merchant specializing in antiquarian maps and historical maps of the 15th to 19th century, as part of a cooperation project . 

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Hotel Landron on cul de sac Taitbout
Click on the line above to go to the excursions page
St Germain-en-Laye