Ecuador Mitad

Quito: The Middle of the World


La Mitad del Mundo


October 6, 2013

Mis Queridos,

In 1736, a French geographer and mathematician, Charles Marie de la Condamine, made a measurement that confirmed that this very spot is the middle of the earth.  Latitude 0° – 0’ – 0”  The equatorial line.  Ecuador!  

De la Condamine’s measurements also gave rise to the metric system and proved that the earth is not perfectly round, but that it bulges at the equator. * 

So here I am, on my very first day in Ecuador, taking photos of the equatorial monument while enjoying the hot sun and chatting with the local Quitaños.