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Hasselquist, Frederik

HASSELQUIST, FREDERIK (1722-1752), Swedish traveller and naturalist, was born at Tornevalla, East Gothland, on the 3rd of January 1722. On account of the frequently expressed regrets of Linnaeus, under whom he studied at Upsala, at the lack of information regarding the natural history of Palestine, Hasselquist resolved to undertake a journey to that country, and a sufficient subscription having been obtained to defray expenses, he reached Smyrna towards the end of 1749. He visited parts of Asia Minor, Egypt, Cyprus and Palestine, making large natural history collections, but his constitution, naturally weak, gave way under the fatigues of travel, and he died near Smyrna on the pth of February 1752 on his way home. His collections reached home in safety, and five years after his death his notes were published by Linnaeus under the title Resa till Heliga Landet fordttad fran ar 1749 till 1752, which was translated into French and German in 1762 and into English in 1766.

Note - this article incorporates content from Encyclopaedia Britannica, Eleventh Edition, (1910-1911)

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