Title

On October 19, 1780, during the American Revolution, British and American naviga

Authors

David D. Platt

Source

Island Journal

Date

1996

Volume Number

Volume 13

Pages

84-88, 94

Abstract

On October 19, 1780, during the American Revolution, British and American navigators encamped together on Islesboro to observe the century's only solar eclipse. Their calculations were critical to establishing the longitude of fixed points on earth, and for the first time measured the width of the Atlantic Ocean. Related book review of "Longitude," by Dava Sobel.

Subjects

Book reviews, Eclipses, Solar, Islesboro, Sobel, Dava

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