Monument in honor of Alexander von Humboldt

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Monument in honor of Alexander von Humboldt

The design for the monument in honor of Alexander von Humboldt (1769-1859) came from Gustav winds , was of Georg Ferdinand Howaldt implemented (1802-1883) in Braunschweig and bronze monument on September 14, 1869 Central Park of New York set up. Originally located at 59th Street and Fifth Avenue , it was relocated near the American Museum of Natural History , Central Park West and West 77th Street , in 1981 . After the monument erected for Friedrich Schiller , this is the second oldest in Central Park.

In 1804, Alexander von Humboldt was invited to spend an evening with President Thomas Jefferson . After the Louisiana Purchase in 1803 significantly expanded the national territory of the USA , border disputes arose with Spain , as the USA now regarded Spanish Texas and the areas up to the Rocky Mountains as separate territory. On the one hand Jefferson admired the scientific achievements of Humboldt, on the other hand this should give him further information on the disputed areas and on Mexico itself.

Humboldt's visit was fondly remembered by Jefferson, who also received maps. The following statement has been handed down from a later period: "But I was actually thrilled because I received more information about a wide variety of things in less than two hours than I have read or heard in the past two years."


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  1. ^ Andreas W. Daum: Nation, nature research and monument. Humboldt monuments in Germany and the USA . In: The Art of History. Historiography, aesthetics, narration . Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, Göttingen 2009, ISBN 978-3-525-36384-3 , p. 113 .
  2. Humboldt Portal ( Memento of the original dated March 11, 2007 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /

Coordinates: 40 ° 46 ′ 46.1 ″  N , 73 ° 58 ′ 23.8 ″  W.