Monticello

Charlottesville
VA

Monticello in Charlottesville

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  • Falling in love with the Hôtel de Salm (now the Palais de la Légion d'Honneur) while he was in Paris, Jefferson returned to Monticello in late 1789 and began to consider redesigning his home. In 1796 he began work to knock down the the exterior walls of Monticello to double the interior space, add a dome, and add a portico with four columns.
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Thomas Jefferson’s plantation and home which he designed, built, and rebuilt over 50 years.

America had a common language, unlike the European nations, none of which was linguistically homogeneous. in 1789 the majority of Frenchmen did not speak French but were divided by a variety of provincial patois. Englishmen from Yorkshire were incomprehensible to those from Cornwall and vice versa. By contrast, Americans could understand one another from Maine to Georgia. It was very obvious why this should be so, said John Witherspoon, president of Princeton. Since Americans were much more unsettled, and move frequently from place to place, they are not as liable to local peculiarities, either in accent or phraseology.

Gordon S. Wood
Empire of Liberty: A History of the Early Republic, 1789–1815 (2009)