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Blaeu, Willem Janszoon

Born: 1571 AD
Died: 1638 AD
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.