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Great First Impressions Series: Theodore Roosevelt’s First Glimpse of Egypt as a Young Boy

September 15, 2016

Although Theodore Roosevelt is best known for his time as President of the United States, he developed a reputation as a significant American writer and was best known for as a writer for his The Strenuous Life (1899), The Rough Riders (1899), and The Winning of the West, 4 volumes (1897).

In his diary, Roosevelt describes his first impressions of Egypt, during a family trip to the Middle East while he was a young boy.

How I gazed on it! It was Egypt, the land of my dreams; Egypt, the most ancient of all countries! A land that was old when Rome was bright, was old when Babylon was in its glory, was old when Troy was taken! It was a sight to awaken a thousand thoughts, and it did.

From Darrin Lunde, The Naturalist: Theodore Roosevelt, A Lifetime of Exploration, and The Triumph of American Natural History. 2016.

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