Tuesday, 27 March 2018

Benjamin Franklin was the first person to chart the Gulf Stream

Alexander Agassiz, a preeminent oceanographer of the 19th century, attributed the first scientific basis for exploring the Gulf Stream to American statesman Benjamin Franklin.  Franklin published this map of the Gulf Stream in 1769, 200 years before a submersible named after him drifted below the surface to study this river in the ocean.


  1. Gorgeous color, and fascinating historical background! And the composition is spot on...

    1. I meant to ask you, Angie: Was Alexander Agassiz related to the biologist Louis Agassiz?