Mémoire sur la possibilité, les avantages, et les moyens douvrir un canal dans l'Amérique septentrionale, pour communiquer de la mer Atlantique, ou du Nord, à la mer Pacifique, ou du Sud, [ca. 1785]


Date: Circa 1785 | Size: 1 volume(s), 1volume, 31 p., copy


This copy was secured by Thomas Jefferson, 30 June 1817, and was presented by him to the American Philosophical Society Historical and Literary Committee, 6 November 1817.

Collection Information

Physical description

1 volume, 31 p., copy.


Presented by Thomas Jefferson, 1817; accessioned, 1900 (51878).

Custodial history:

Procured for Thomas Jefferson by the Chevalier Bourgoyne, the Chargé des Affaires of France at Madrid, on 30 June 1785.

Alternate formats available

The memoir is printed, with some changes, as "Mémoire sur un nouveau passage de la mer du Nord à la mer du Sud." (Paris, 1791); (See RLIN entry MIUW88-B257).

Early American History Note

This document contains a travel journal kept by Chevalier Bourgoyne. It traces his travels through the Pacific and elsewhere. Thomas Jefferson obtained this manuscript in 1785. Jefferson left an annotation on the first page.

Indexing Terms


  • Manuscript Essays
  • Travel Narratives and Journals

Geographic Name(s)

  • Nicaragua Canal (Nicaragua)
  • Panama, Isthmus of (Panama)


  • Beyond Early America
  • International Travel