J. Hector St. John de Crèvecoeur was born on January 31, 1735 in Caen, France. He traveled to the New World in 1755 as an officer and mapmaker and became a farmer, then served as French consul for many years. He returned to Europe in 1790. His fame rests on his essays, Letters from an American Farmer. In his time he was the most widely read commentator on America. He died in 1813.
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