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Gerard Mercator

Gerard Mercator

Gerard Mercator (Gerardus Mercator)
Pen-and-ink with wash, 282mm x 416mm, 1944

Gerard Mercator (also known as Gerardus Mercator, 1512-1594) was a Belgian cartographer known for the world map of 1569, based on the Mercator Projection representing sailing courses as straight lines. He also coined the term 'atlas' for a collection of maps.

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