Jacob Crowninshield in United States

Jacob Crowninshield
Typedealer
Founded0
First elephant1796
Stopped elephants1796
CountryUnited States

Captain on the ship "America".

Captain Jacob Crowninshield arrived in New York on April 12, 1796 with a two year-old elephant. Upon speculation, he had purchased the pachyderm in India and brought it to America. The entire venture cost him $450.

The elephant was exhibited in New York at the corner of Beaver Street and Broadway on April 23, 1796. At that exhibition, a Welshman named Owen offered to buy it for $10,000. From there, it seems the elephant went of tour constantly for many years.

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