'Dutchman, lazier than any other race of mankind'. Joseph Banks bezoekt de Nederlandse Republiek (1773)
Studium: Tijdschrift voor Wetenschaps- en Universiteitsgeschiedenis
| Publisher: Gewina, in cooperation with Huygens ING www.gewina-studium.nl | Content is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY 3.0) 101 De doos van Pandora/La boîte de Pandora Rubriek gewijd aan archiefvondsten, instrumentbeschrijvingen, e.d. / Rubrique consacrée aux trouvailles d'archives, aux descriptions d'instruments, etc. 'Dutchman, lazier than any other race of mankind'. Joseph Banks bezoekt de Nederlandse Republiek (1773) RENÉE SCHILLING* ABSTRACT 'Dutchman, Lazier than any
... other race of mankind': Joseph Banks in the Dutch Republic In 1773, the British scientist and explorer Joseph Banks (1743-1820) visited the Dutch Republic for a short holiday. By request of his sister Sarah, Banks kept a journal in which he wrote about his experiences in the Republic. These descriptions are remarkably negative about the Dutch, their culture and their scientific knowledge. It also gives a good insight in Banks's personality. This article tries to answer the question why Banks is having such a bad time in the Dutch Republic. The article contains a short summary of the journal, an account of Banks's earlier journey to Batavia with James Cook and a comparative analysis of other British travel accounts of the Dutch Republic in the eighteenth century.