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GERARDUS MERCATOR: Besides drafting his famous map projection, Gerardus Mercator (1512–1594), a remarkable Flemish cartographer, was the first to coin the word "atlas" as a term for a collection of maps. He was additionally highly skilled in mathematics, engraving, calligraphy, and making scientific instruments. ~Repinned Via HE Brinkley

Results of the Treaty of Berlin (1878) ~Repinned Via דְּבוֹרָה מִרְיָם

Ottoman Empire ~Repinned Via Karen Og Leif Nielsen

Map of Islamic Empire - The Ancient Islamic Empire

Plate (c 1544) compiling various sea monsters from the Carta Marina, the 16th century map of the Nordic countries and waters. Early map makers would often populate the seas and distant unknown lands with monsters. In this realm of 'Here-be-monsters' their imaginations were given full rein.

The monster twin-spouted whale. 1570 Scientist/artist: Abraham Ortelius Originally published in: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum Now appears in: "Early Modern Brave New World?" by Ciobanu Estella Antoaneta in The Annals of Ovidius University Constanta Ortelius didn't confine exotic sea creatures in his maps to the relatively familiar waters of Northern Europe. In the Pacific Ocean, he envisioned big, gluttonous whales attacking passing ships, and preening sirens waiting to seduce the sailors.

How to drive across the USA hitting all the major landmarks. amazing!