This Day in Geography: May 20

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Listed here are significant events relating to geography that occurred on May 20. To suggest an event, please fill out the ‘This Day in Geography’ form.

1570

  • Theatrum Orbis Terrarium, widely considered to be the first modern atlas is published.  Latin for “Theatre of the World”, the atlas was created by Abraham Ortelius, Flemish/Netherlandish geographer.  The atlas contained 53 maps produced by 33 cartographers not including Ortelius himself.

    World map from Theatrum Orbis Terrarium, 1570.
    World map from Theatrum Orbis Terrarium, 1570.


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