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The Influence Of Bernhard Varenius In The Geographical Works Of Thomas Jefferson And Alexander Von Humboldt

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Bernhard Varenius' Geographia Generalis is considered one of the first works to introduce a more disciplined approach to the subject of geography. It was also the first textbook on record to be used in general geography in an American college. Therefore, it is interesting to note the extent to which the ideas, as well as the conception of geography expressed in this book, might have influenced two of his famous successors in this field: the Virginian politician and scientist Thomas Jefferson, and the Prussian explorer and scientist Alexander von Humboldt. This chapter can be regarded more as a first approach, especially with respect to the ideological and theoretical relationships among these three founders of modern geographical science.

Keywords:Alexander von Humboldt; Bernhard Varenius; Geographia Generalis; Thomas Jefferson



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