King's Day

Jefferson’s guide for the American traveler begins in Amsterdam, the great port city that he had visited to obtain badly-needed loans for the fledgling U.S. government. He celebrated his success in securing the credit by going on a shopping spree (not for the last time). Liana and I visit Amsterdam on King’s Day, watching the Dutch honor their monarch by wearing the national color of orange, holding a city-wide yard sale, and partying in canals. We learn about the Dutch constitutional monarchy, history of trade, and ethos of tolerance. Also, we drink a lot. We also visit Germany, next in Jefferson's guide.

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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