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Blaeu, Willem Janszoon

Born: 1571 AD
Died: 1638 AD, at 67 years of age.

Nationality: Dutch
Categories: Artists, Cartographer


1571 - Born in Uitgeest or Alkmaar, a Dutch cartographer and atlas maker.

1594-1596 - Student of the Danish astronomer Tycho Brahe, and he qualified as an instrument and globe maker.

1599 - He founded one of history's greatest cartographic publishing firms.

         - Using skills learned from the celebrated Danish astronomer Tycho Brahe, Blaeu set up shop in Amsterdam as a globe and scientific instrument maker.

1608 - He had already published a fine world map and a popular marine atlas.

1630 - He purchased 37 plates of the Mercator Atlas from Jodocus Hondius II.

1633 - Appointed mapmaker of the Dutch East India Company.

1635 - He issued the first two volumes of his planned world atlas, Atlas Novus or the Theatrum Orbis Terrarum.

1638 - He died on 21st of October in Amsterdam.

         - Willem died and the business passed to his sons, Joan and Cornelis, who continued and expanded their father's ambitious plans.


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