Mercator Hanging Globe
No history of cartography would be complete without a section
devoted to Gerardus Mercator and his peers. The 16th century Belgian
cartographer developed one of the most important mapping projections ever, which
shows the world with parallel latitude and longitude lines. Though this
projection is now considered to be flawed and distorted, it is still being used
today in the majority of the world's classrooms and world maps.
Another cartographic milestone attributed to Mercator was his new system for producing relatively inexpensive world globes. Many of his techniques are still used in today's globe making practices. Adding to his list of cartographic achievements, Mercator was also involved in producing the world's first world atlas.
Globe Diameter: 12.5"
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