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Alexander von Humboldt, His Scientific Expedition through the Americas and the Impact of His Atlantic Experiences

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This chapter focuses on Alexander Von Humboldt's American expedition in the scientific context as well as the network he created, and in many cases maintained through correspondence during the rest of his life, among a vast number of personalities of the New World. It explains the holistic scientific concepts on which his research was based, his view on society in the different parts of America, and his interest for the colonial past of the American continent. Humboldt's Atlantic experiences significantly impacted his life, his ideas on America had a far-reaching historical resonance in Europe, and along the years he had gained an outstanding influence in the New World as a scientific authority. The chapter shows in which ways he helped shape the image of the new continent in the Old World. Furthermore, it demonstrates the importance of his Atlantic experiences on his life.

Keywords: Alexander Von Humboldt; American expedition; Atlantic experiences; scientific expedition



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