Event Summary

First projection devised by Geraldus Mercator used on a map

Date

1569

Description

Gerardus Mercator produces world map with projection in which navigational directions are straight lines by increasing latitude separations

Timeline 1

Europe's Maritime Reconnaissance, 1350-1640

Record ID

212

First map to depict longitude meridians as straight lines, to allow the plotting of navigational courses as straight lines. (Image Id: 2046)
First map to depict longitude meridians as straight lines, to allow the plotting of navigational courses as straight lines. (Image Id: 2046)