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How the Duke of Anhalt-Dessau Built a Volcano for His Peasants

By Sophie Bushwick | September 1, 2012 8:25 am

Explore the history of science outreach, and you’ll discover some pretty strange episodes. One of the strangest occurred in the 1700s, when Leopold III Friedrich Franz ruled the province of Anhalt-Dessau as duke. Perhaps inspired by a European tour that included a trip to Mount Vesuvius, Franz decided to recreate the famous volcano in his own backyard and enlighten his subjects, who would never have the chance to visit Vesuvius in person.

At Smithsonian.com, Andrew Curry describes the structure that the eccentric ruler established at his Woerlitz estate.

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