of The Baron Von Humboldt
by an Unknown Artist
Alexander Von Humboldt (1769-1859) was one of the most highly regarded
men of his day. A series of publications about his travels in the
Americas were widely popular and translated into many languages,
thus making him an international celebrity. Humboldt's ideas set
into form the precursors of many modern scientific disciplines
such as plant geography,ecology, meteorology, and physical geography.
His assessment of the political and historical characteristics
of South America, Mexico, and the Caribbean are also notable. He
believed that the native peoples of Africa, and the Americas were
in every respect equal to those of any other part of the world.
Aside from scientific and political contributions, Humboldt is
also respected for his literacy and artistic applications of scientific
research. His accounts of his adventures captured the imagination
of all who read them and made him, in his lifetime, one of the
most well known people in the world.
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