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1527, Apr 141598, Jun 28
a Flemish/Netherlandish cartographer and geographer, conventionally recognized as the creator of the first modern atlas, the Theatrum Orbis Terrarum (Theatre of the World). One of the founders and the notable representatives of the Netherlandish school of cartography in its golden age (the 16th and 17th centuries), he is also believed to be the first person to imagine that the continents were joined together before drifting to their present positions.
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05/20/1570-Gilles Coppens de Diest publishes Abraham Ortelius' Theatrum Orbis Terrarum, the first true modern atlas
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