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Long before there was an International Date Line or time zones, Ferdinand Magellan led the first expedition to circumnavigate the globe. In 1517, just over two decades after Columbus began charting the Indies, Magellan enlisted the support of...

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Although people have been tracking time for centuries, it wasn’t until the discovery of the New World that scientists and cartographers realized the need for a standardized approach to measuring time across multiple longitudes. Back then,...

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Like many aspects of geography, the International Date Line isn’t so much a physical boundary as it is a human construct that tries to make sense of the world we live in. It sits roughly on the 180-degree line of longitude in the middle...