The Longitude Act of 1714 and the Last Parliament of Queen Anne

@article{Mobbs2016TheLA,
  title={The Longitude Act of 1714 and the Last Parliament of Queen Anne},
  author={Tessa Mobbs and R. Unwin},
  journal={Parliamentary History},
  year={2016},
  volume={35},
  pages={152-170}
}
Historical literature on the Longitude Act of 1714 has postulated a direct monocausal connection between a British naval disaster off the Scilly Isles in 1707 and the parliamentary enactment seven years later. This article proposes, and provides evidence for, a multicausal interpretation encompassing political, economic, and scientific factors. It argues that the Longitude Act, whose tercentenary was marked in July 2014, was the outcome of general circumstances, the legislation being concurrent… Expand
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