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Military EngineersThe Development of the Early Modern European State$
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Bruce P. Lenman

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781845861209

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781845861209.001.0001

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Amphibious Engineers and the Margins of Seaborne Empires

Amphibious Engineers and the Margins of Seaborne Empires

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Military Engineers

Bruce P. Lenman

Edinburgh University Press

The post- Vauban variety of geographical and engineering expertise in French armies from Louis XIV to Napoleon was unusual. On the maritime edges of most European overseas empires, military engineers were scarce. One source of relevant mathematical expertise was navigators. Captain Cook learned surveying from and worked with a Dutch military engineer in the British service in Canada. Felipe Bauzá the Spanish hydrographer-explorer was also a professor of fortification. Major James Rennell EIC and FRS epitomised the need for cross- fertilisation as a navigator, soldier, cartographer, and hydrographer.

Keywords:   maritime, empire, Vauban, Felipe Bautzá, hydrographer, James Rennell

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