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Alexander von Humboldt, Christian Friedrich Gödeking: „Von Humboldt’s Expedition to Spanish America“, in: ders., Sämtliche Schriften digital, herausgegeben von Oliver Lubrich und Thomas Nehrlich, Universität Bern 2021. URL: <> [abgerufen am 15.07.2024].

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Titel Von Humboldt’s Expedition to Spanish America
Jahr 1800
Ort London
in: The Philosophical Magazine 6 (Februar 1800), S. 94–95.
Beteiligte Christian Friedrich Gödeking
Sprache Englisch
Typografischer Befund Antiqua (mit lang-s); Spaltensatz; Auszeichnung: Kursivierung, Kapitälchen.
Textnummer Druckausgabe: I.88
Dateiname: 1799-Gelehrte_Reisen-3-neu
Seitenanzahl: 2
Zeichenanzahl: 2544

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Von Humboldt’s Expedition to SpanishAmerica.

The two following letters from this indefatigable philo-ſopher to one of his friends in Germany, have been pub-liſhed in one of the foreign journals:—
I wrote you from Marſeilles, that I had been diſappointedin my hopes of undertaking a voyage round the world withCaptain Baudin (to which I had been invited by the FrenchGovernment) juſt at the moment when I was going down tothe port to embark. After this I propoſed to go out to Bo-naparte with the ſecond expedition from Toulon, and myfriends were anxiouſly expecting me; but this expeditionwas rendered impoſſible by the battle of Aboukir. Firm tomy purpoſe, I then wiſhed to go by a Swediſh frigate, ex-pected at Marſeilles, to Algiers, in order that I might under-take, with the caravan of Mecca, that dangerous journeythrough the deſart of Selima to Cairo. The frigate, how-ever, did not arrive; and, after waiting two months to nopurpoſe in Provence, as war had broken out between France and Algiers, I proceeded to Spain. I had procured recom-mendations to the king, and received from him what no fo-reigner ever obtained—letters of recommendation to all theviceroys, and permiſſion to traverſe all the Spaniſh ſettlementswith my inſtruments. You muſt acknowledge that I have been exceedingly for-tunate. I have been provided with every thing neceſſary,and in a few hours ſhall ſail, in the Spaniſh frigate Pizarro,for the Havannah; from which I intend to proceed to Peru, Mexiko, and Chili. I ſhall be abſent for ſeveral years, butI flatter myſelf with the hopes of accompliſhing ſomething ofimportance. Bonpland, a young French botaniſt; accompanies me. Iſhall write you from the Havannah.

Alex. Von Humboldt.

We left Corunna on the 5th, and arrived, without anyaccident, at Lancerotta on the 16th, and St. Croix, in Tene-riffe, on the 17th. We were in ſight of four Engliſh fri-gates, which we eſcaped, but we cannot tell how. I have examined the peak with great attention; I was al-moſt in the crater at the height of 11,500 feet. This excur-ſion was attended with more fatigue than danger. We found the heat of the crater on the ground 70° Reaum.and the air at 2°. The pumice-ſtone, which has occaſionedſo much diſpute, is obſidian-ſtone fuſed and decompoſed.It is here as clear as the day. I am ſo tired that I muſtconclude my letter. We are juſt going to ſet out for Ca-raccas and the Havannah.

Alex. Von Humboldt.