Ulysses and Julia Grant, accompanied by their son Jesse, traveled
extensively in Asia, Europe, and Africa after the inauguration of
Rutherford B. Hayes. During the last years of his administration,
the worst economic depression yet experienced by the nation had
damaged Grant's popularity, encouraging this grand tour.
During their trip the Grants were greeted and honored with gifts by local dignitaries, including Pope Leo XIII. Their travels in the late 1870s lasted more than two years and soon were followed by visits to Cuba, the West Indies, and Mexico.