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How scientists circumvented Napoleonic Wars

Postby FBC-Elvas, Portugal » November 4th, 2017, 8:14 pm

There's an interesting passage in a book about the scientist Alexander Humbolt that I thought might interest you. He had collected plant and rock specimens in South America and wanted to send them home to Europe before continuing his research.

"With the European nationals at war, sea voyages remained perilous and Humbolt feared that his valuable specimens might be captured by one of the enemy vessels. To spread the risk [they split] the collection. One large delivery was dispatched to France and another to Germany via England with instructions that if seized by the enemy it was to be forwarded on to Joseph Banks in London. Banks had set up a wide-ranging and global plant-collecting network. He had also tried to help French scientists by providing them with passports, despite the Napoleonic Wars. He thought that 'The science of two Nations may be a Peace while their Politics are at war.'

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