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Abraham Ortelius

AKA Abraham Ortel

Born: 14-Apr-1527
Birthplace: Antwerp, Belgium
Died: 4-Jul-1598
Location of death: Antwerp, Belgium
Cause of death: unspecified
Remains: Buried, St. Michaelís Abbey, Antwerp, Belgium

Gender: Male
Religion: Roman Catholic [1]
Race or Ethnicity: White
Occupation: Cartographer

Nationality: Belgium
Executive summary: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum atlas

Flemish cartographer. He published a compendium of maps, Theatrum Orbis Terrarum, creating the first atlas, though the word Atlas was not used at the time to describe books of maps. Published his compendium twenty years before Gerard Mercator published his atlas.


[1] "Until his very end he was a good Catholic and had particularly many friends among the Jesuits." F. Ratzel, quoted in the Catholic Encyclopedia (1911).

Father: (d. 1535)



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