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Reproduction of the globe created by Mercator in 1541

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Mercator’s  Globe. Mercator, born in Flanders (Belgium) on March 5, 1512, is one of the most recorded and famous cartographers. Study of mathematics, astronomy and geography. Throughout his life he made maps of Flanders, Great Britain, the Holy Land and Europe, a series of maps of the ancient world and a modern atlas, as well as globes, earth and celestial bodies. In them was abandoning the geographical concepts of the Middle Ages and the Ptolemaic tradition, plasmoning the scientific and technical advances of the Renaissance and the convergence of cartography with the practical needs of navigation.

Mercator’s projection is based on the projection of a cylinder tangent to the spherical equator, distorting the areas of the territories represented by enlarging disproportionately the closest to the poles, with the object of logging that the meridians appear as straight vertical lines, that cuts parallels at an angle on the front, and was decisive in facilitating navigation by sea to those adventurers who in his century followed in searching for new worlds.

Although this map was one of the most accepted, it is not completely due to the enormous difficulty of representing the geoid shape of the Earth on a plane. In 1541, he made this globe where rhombus or loxodromic lines first appeared, following the theories of the mathematician Pedro Nunes. Sizes:


Height: 44 cm

Diameter: 26 cm


Height: 34.5 cm

Diameter: 20 cm



Additional information

Weight 6 kg
Dimensions 40 × 40 × 50 cm


Grande, Pequeño

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