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Who is Robert Gray? (economy)

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I am very behind on homework. please help me ? I should write an essay on economy, and I should describe who is Robert Gray? All I know about him is that he was a famous American merchant, but I need more info...
asked Jul 13, 2011 in people by anonymous

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Robert Gray (May 10, 1755 – c. July, 1806) was an American merchant sea-captain who is known for his achievements in connection with two trading voyages to….  view more...
answered Jul 14, 2011 by Robert Bruce Gray (1,700 points)
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Robert  Gray was the first American merchant sailor to circumnavigate the globe.

Robert Gray was born in Tiverton, Rhode Island on May 10, 1755. He served in the Continental Navy during the Revolutionary War and later worked for a Massachusetts trading company.

Gray's most notable achievement came on his second voyage to the Oregon coast in 1792 when he found the Columbia River.
The discovery of the Columbia River gave the United States a strong claim to the Oregon Country.

Robert  Gray died in 1806 and was buried at sea.

Robert Gray was “a hard man, strictly attentive to the ‘two-penny objects’ of his business—to get sea otter skins and invest them in China goods.”
(Historian Dorothy Johansen)
answered Jul 24, 2011 by anonymous
edited Jul 24, 2011