Gerardus Mercator


Flemish geographer, cosmographer and cartographer

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According to Wikipedia, Gerardus Mercator was a Flemish geographer, cosmographer and cartographer. He is most renowned for creating the 1569 world map based on a new projection which represented sailing courses of constant bearing as straight lines—an innovation that is still employed in nautical charts.

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