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Behaim, Martin

Born: 1459 AD
Died: 1507 AD
Nationality: German
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1459 – Born at Nuremberg on the 6th of October.

1484-1485 – He claimed to have accompanied Diogo Cao in his second expedition to West Africa.

1486 – On his return from his West African exploration to Lisbon he was knighted by King John, who afterwards employed him in various capacities; but, from the time of his marriage, he usually resided at Fayal in the Azores, where his father-in-law, Jobst van Huerter, was governor of a Flemish colony.

1492 – He constructed his famous terrestrial globe, still preserved at the Nuremberg National Museum, on the same floor as Albrecht Dürer’s galleries.

1507 – Died at Lisbon on the 29th of July.