By Catherine A. Welch
Real or fake? Benjamin Banneker used a telescope and arithmetic to foretell a sun eclipse. real! In 1789, Banneker calculated while the moon might move among the earth and solar. And he did it with none formal math or technology education. As a tender boy, he labored at the farm owned through his father, who used to be a freed slave in Maryland. He helped to survey and plot out the positioning for the U.S. capital urban, Washington, D.C. He additionally released numerous almanacs that helped farmers, retailers, and sailors expect the elements and be aware of the dates of vacation trips and gala's.
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Fairfax, VA: George Mason University Press, 1991. Cerami, Charles. Benjamin Banneker: Surveyor, Astronomer, Publisher, Patriot. New York: John Wiley & Sons, 2002. Ducas, George, ed. Great Documents in Black American History. New York: Praeger Publishers, 1970. , 26, 31 Washington, George, 26, 31 Answer to Bannker’s puzzle: 19 bulls, 1 cow, and 80 sheep. Acknowledgments For photographs and artwork: © MPI/Hulton Archive/Getty Images, p. 4; Courtesy of the Maryland State Archives, Baltimore County Court (Land Records), p.
He recorded the weather and the movements of the sun and the moon. He wrote about his dreams in his journal. ” By this time, Benjamin was in his sixties. He was too old to grow tobacco. But he kept a small garden, a fruit orchard, and beehives. He let the local boys pick fruit from his orchard. But the boys stripped all the fruit off the trees! With each passing year, Benjamin’s health grew worse. He still lived alone and made his own meals. But two of his sisters helped with the laundry and other chores.
He used his talents and kept learning until the day he died. 43 TIMELINE BENJAMIN WAS BORN ON NOVEMBER 9, 1731. In the year . . 1737 Benjamin’s father, Robert, purchased a farm 1753 1759 1763 1771 1788 1789 1790 1791 1797 1799 1806 called Stout. Benjamin made a wooden clock. his father died. Benjamin took over the farm. he bought his first book, the Bible. he met the Ellicotts and supplied their workers with food. he began studying astronomy with George Ellicott’s books and instruments. he sent George Ellicott his work on the solar eclipse.