Jefferson suggests to John Ledyard that he travel overland through Russia and cross the Bering Strait.

In Paris, France, Thomas Jefferson suggests to John Ledyard, an American who served on Captain James Cook’s third voyage to the Pacific, that Ledyard travel overland through Russia, cross the Bering Strait, and then travel east from the Pacific across America. Ledyard agrees, but in 1788 is arrested en route by the Russians and deported.