The Author

Derek Baxter graduated from the University of Virginia with a degree in history. He is writing a book about his experience following the route through Europe that Jefferson set out in Hints to Americans. After years of research, Derek made nine separate trips abroad on Jefferson's trail. 

 

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          In Pursuit of Jefferson

TRAVELING THROUGH EUROPE

WITH

THE MOST CONFOUNDING FOUNDER 

 

Following in Jefferson's Footsteps

I'm writing a book about my travels through six countries armed with an obscure guide written by the very unobscure Thomas Jefferson in 1788. He penned his Hints for Americans Traveling in Europe for the sons of two of his wealthy friends embarking on a continental tour. Along with an ambitious itinerary based on his own journeys, he set out subjects to investigate and challenges to accept to turn these carousing proto-frat boys into Renaissance Supermen.

 
 
King's Day
Finding Monticello
The Rice Smuggler
Landscapes
Vineyards
The Fishy Tribes
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"I am now in the land of corn, oil, wine, and sunshine."

~ Thomas Jefferson, 1787