Article ID: CBB000933054

Scientific Travel in the Atlantic World: The French Expedition to Gorée and the Antilles, 1681--1683 (2010)


Although historians have long recognized the importance of long-range scientific expeditions in both the practice and culture of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century science, it is less well understood how this form of scientific organization emerged and became established in the seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries. In the late seventeenth century new European scientific institutions tried to make use of globalized trade networks for their own ends, but to do so proved difficult. This paper offers a case history of one such expedition, the voyage sponsored by the French Académie royale des sciences to Gorée (in modern Senegal) and the Caribbean islands of Guadeloupe and Martinique in 1681--3. The voyage of Varin, Deshayes and de Glos reveals how the process of travel itself caused problems for instruments and observers alike.

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Authors & Contributors
Murphy, Kathleen S.
Gross, Alan G.
Harmon, Joseph E.
Reidy, Michael Sean
Jennings, Eric Thomas
Delbourgo, James
Social Studies of Science
Social History of Medicine
Cuadernos Dieciochistas: revista consagrada al estudio de la historia, el pensamiento, la literatura, el arte y la ciencia del siglo XVIII
Journal for Early Modern Cultural Studies
Early American Studies
Eighteenth-Century Life
Oxford University Press
University of Pennsylvania Press
University of Pittsburgh
University of Chicago Press
Travel; exploration
Scientific expeditions
Natural history
Slavery and slaves
Mutis, José Celestino
Dampier, William
Wadström, Carl Bernhard
Sparrman, Anders
Adanson, Michel
La Pérouse, Jean Franç ois de Galaup
Atlantic world
Great Britain
Atlantic Ocean
West Africa
17th century
18th century
19th century
20th century
16th century
Early modern
Académie Royale des Sciences (France)
Royal Society of London

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