Maps and More: The History of Longitude


May, 2019





6:30 PM – 7:30 PM EST



Tampa Bay History Center

801 Old Water St.

Tampa, FL 33602

Follow the travails of an unknown ‘commoner’ John Harrison, a clock maker who worked for nearly fifty years to win a national prize for the discovery that changed navigation forever – longitude. 

Competitors ranged from individuals with ‘royal connections’ all the way to ‘longitude lunatics’. The valuable reward was sought by many for ages, but Harrison’s successful efforts were stolen by the government and given to his rivals.  Only now is his genus recognized around the world as the foundation of all modern navigation.  If you wish, please stop by a little bit early to enjoy the pre-show and music. Free.