[Germany] Matth. Chr. Sprengel.Geb.zu Rostock 1746. Gestorb. zu Halle d.7.Ian. 1803.
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Matthias Christian Sprengel (1746-183) was a German geographer and polymath. In 1778 he was appointed associate professor of philosophy at Göttingen, where he taught about the history and the then state of the British colonies in America. He also gave lectures on the statistics and history of the European countries concerned. A year later he was summoned to assume his position as associate professor of history and statistics at the University of Halle, where in his inaugural lecture he addressed 'the origin of the slave trade'.
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