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The Enlightenment of Cadwallader Colden: Empire, Science, and Intellectual Culture in British New York

John M. Dixon


Was there a conservative Enlightenment? Could a self-proclaimed man of learning and progressive science also have been an agent of monarchy and reaction? Cadwallader Colden (1688–1776), an educated Scottish emigrant and powerful colonial politician, was at the forefront of American intellectual culture in the mid-eighteenth century. While living in rural New York, he recruited family, friends, servants, and slaves into multiple scientific ventures and built a transatlantic network of contacts and correspondents that included Benjamin Franklin and Carl Linnaeus. Over several decades, Colden pio ... More

Keywords: physics, Enlightenment, botany, gentility, Cadwallader Colden, intellectual culture, gravity, New York, intellectuals, intellectualism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780801448034
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801448034.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John M. Dixon, author
College of Staten Island/CUNY