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Jean de Crevecoeur
Transcript of Jean de Crevecoeur
In spite of the danger, Crevecoeur left his wife and two of the children at Pine Hill and left for New York City, which was occupied by the British. He wanted to take his oldest son back to France so that he could claim his inheritance. In 1780 he returned to France where he stayed for a few years before coming back to New York City as the French Consul.
Letters from an American Farmer was published in 1782 and it was quite a success. Crevecoeur began writing a French version of it and returned to America. He was shocked to discover that Pine Hill had been burned down, Mehitable was dead, and his children were sent to live with friends. Crevecoeur focused on strengthening the relationship between America and France. Crevecoeur was made a member of the American Philosophical Society. He was an honorary citizen of various cities and the town of St. Johnsbury was named after him. However, Crevecoeur felt torn between France and America, and he returned to France. Although Crevecoeur did go back to America for a short time, in 1790 he left America permanently and spent his final years in France. He passed away on November 12, 1813 in Sarcelles, France. He died because of heart trouble after he had been arrested as an American spy. Thank you for attention :)