What is a summary of Carry On, Mr. Bowditch?

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Carry On, Mr. Bowditch by Jean Lee Latham is a novel for children based on the life of a real person, Nathaniel Bowditch, who was born on 26 March 1773 in Salem, Massachusetts and died on 16 March 1838. 

Because his family was poor, he left school when he was only...

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Carry On, Mr. Bowditch by Jean Lee Latham is a novel for children based on the life of a real person, Nathaniel Bowditch, who was born on 26 March 1773 in Salem, Massachusetts and died on 16 March 1838. 

Because his family was poor, he left school when he was only ten years old and began working in the family trade. At the age of 12 he became indentured for a period of nine years and worked as an assistant to a bookkeeper. During this period he taught himself algebra, calculus, astronomy, Spanish, French, and Latin with the help of educated families in his town who gave him access to their libraries. 

After finishing his indentured work, he was hired as a ship's clerk. He went on four long voyages and continued his studies, which culminated in his publication of New American Practical Navigation, a book which is still widely used by navigators. 

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