The foundations of Flamsteed House, The Royal Observatory, were laid
– August 10th 1675 –
In the Seventeenth Century countries and their navies were increasingly sailing the seas in search of new lands, trade, exploration and mapping. No country wanted to be left behind. The problem lay in the safety of the sailors and ships as navigators struggled to know exactly where they were. Although they knew how to work out latitude, once they were out of sight of land they had no idea how far east or west they were. Working out longitude was proving very troublesome.
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