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Notes On Geographia Generalis And Its Introduction To England And North America

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Bernhard Varenius explained his aim in the dedication of his Geographia Generalis. In geography he saw a need for establishing a theoretical foundation based on mathematics. In England, at the time of Daniel Elzevier's final activity on Varenius' behalf, the Geographia Generalis was seriously studied in Cambridge by Isaac Newton who in 1672 edited it as a textbook for students with the original author's unchanged dedication. Varenius' book was also available for teaching and studying purposes in Cambridge and Oxford. Varenius was used in the colleges of the American colonies long before the War of Independence and held an important place in their curriculum for a century and a half. The list of topics Thomas Jefferson, himself a knowledgeable geographer, discusses shows much the same scheme as Varenius had outlined it in Geographia Generalis.

Keywords:Cambridge; England; Geographia Generalis; Isaac Newton; North America; Oxford; Thomas Jefferson

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