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Sweden and the Andean world in the eighteenth century - collaborative research systemEdit

This stub [1] has been written as a possible trigger for collaborative research on "Sweden and the Andean world in the eighteenth century". These materials may have use in, for example, a history of Swedish-Andean contact / relations / migration etc and would be particularly important to the education of South Americans (e.g. Ecuadorians) in Sweden - and vice versa. It could also be noted that La Condamine disseminated knowledge of rubber technology and quinine (red bark) anti-malarial medicine, then utilised in Ecuador but not (to any extent) in Europe.

The idea is to tease out cases where the history of Sweden has touched that of the Andean world and vice versa. N.B. Andean refers to all in the Andean countries not solely to "Andeans" or "Indians".

Measuring world curvature in Viceregal Peru (Ecuador) and SwedenEdit

French Geodesic Mission to SwedenEdit

Tornio churchChurch at Tornio, Sweden. This, now famous, church provided one of the base coordinates for the arc measurement."They measured a meridian arc of approximately one degree's length – about 111 km. The south end of the arc was at the tower of the church of Tornio, the north end was at the hill of Kittisvaara. By measuring the length of the arc, Maupertuis' team was able to prove that the Earth is, indeed, flattened at the poles as Sir Isaac Newton had predicted."

[1] [Image:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Church_of_Tornio_by_Outhier.jpg ]

Church of Tornio. Drawing by Outhier.

The code 080906 in the titleEdit

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This is a stub onlyEdit

A stub is an initial piece of text, intended to get the collaborative editing off the ground. This space is intended for information/articles referring to (any) common history between Sweden and Ecuador.

French Academy of Sciences sets up missionEdit

In 17361737, the French Academy of Sciences carried out the French Geodesic Mission for measuring the shape of the Earth. One expedition was sent to Ecuador to perform measurements near the Equator, another one was sent to the Torne Valley to perform measurements near the Arctic Circle.

Anders Celsius and the scientific missionEdit

The expedition to Torne Valley was led by Pierre Louis Maupertuis. As Swedish representative, professor Anders Celsius joined the team. The expedition arrived in Tornio on June 19, 1736 and headed back to France on June 10, 1737 [5]. They measured a meridian arc of approximately one degree's length – about 111 km. The south end of the arc was at the tower of the church of Tornio, the north end was at the hill of Kittisvaara. By measuring the length of the arc, Maupertuis' team was able to prove that the Earth is, indeed, flattened at the poles as Sir Isaac Newton had predicted.

Travel guide to the Torne part of Sápmi?Edit

The books describing this trip, written by Maupertuis [6] and Réginald Outhier [7], have given us much information about the nature and culture of 18th century Sápmi (Lapland), and the books have inspired many travellers to head to the Torne Valley.

No other relation between Sweden, Ecuador (and France) at that time?Edit

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ReferencesEdit

On the Torne valley of Sweden: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Torne_Valley#cite_note-5 BBC video of the French/La Condamine expedition to the Equator http://www.guba.com/watch/3000084220 French_Geodesic_Mission - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/French_Geodesic_Mission
Maupertuis [6] and
Réginald Outhier [7]

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Table AnnexeEdit

FC Peru / Catalonia / Galicia / Sweden FM Peru / France FS Peru / France GBA Peru / US JP Peru / Sweden / Catalonia MM Peru / France NH Peru / Sweden / Various PCA Peru / Germany / (Catalonia) PCA Peru / Catalonia PCB Peru / Catalonia PH Peru / Sweden / Various RRC Peru / Britain RRS Peru / Britain / Korea TG Peru / Britain

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