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Title Giambattista Scandella. Series I Journals, No. 1
Author Scandella, Giambattista
Date Apr-Jul 1797
Document Type Personal Account
Reference MSS 101, Series 1, Folder 1
Library / Archive Historical Society of Pennsylvania
Collection Name Giambattista Scandella Papers, 1787-1798
Description Scandella travels through various American towns including Hannover, Fredericktown, Harper's Ferry, Winchester, Charlestown, and travels along the Potomac. Mentions trade routes to Detroit and the geographical situation of Michilimackinac, that make it ideal for commerce. Discusses encounters with Americans, English and Germans, one of whom joined him for part of his journey around Virginia.
Series Description The collection includes a diary and commonplace books containing impressions of America, and medical case records. Journal and commonplace books are both rich in detailed observations about the United States at the end of the 18th century. Scandella's comments touch on a broad range of topics, such as Quakers, race relations, U.S. political culture and system, physical features of the land, Americans' character, and U.S. foreign relations. His notes also discuss a number of prominent Americans he met or befriended, including Washington, Jefferson, and Benjamin Latrobe. Journals and commonplace books include a few American newspaper clippings, which lack citations. The commonplace books also include small drawings of things he observed, such as farm equipment or dams, as well as margin doodles.
Biographical Note / History Scandella was born in Italy and was educated as a physician. He came to America c.1796 and settled in Philadelphia in 1797.
Theme(s) Politics, Legislation and Governance; Onward Travel; Journey Conditions
Places Detroit, Michilimackinac, Michigan, Yorktown, Winchester, Middletown, Woodstock, Virginia, Harper's Ferry, West Virginia, Fredericktown, Pennsylvania, Potomac, Madison, United States
Nationality Italian; German; American; English; African American
Keywords marriage, friendship, fur, trade, geography, travel, education, slavery, hotel, economics
Additional Information Please note: Some of the metadata for this document has been taken from the Historical Society of Pennsylvania catalogue.
Language English; French; Italian
Copyright Historical Society of Pennsylvania