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Lucas Janszoon Waghenaer

One of the best map makers of all time, Lucas Janszoon Waghenaer lived during the 16th century. Lucas Janszoon Waghenaer was not only an expert cartographer but he was also an ace pilot. Born in 1534, Lucas hailed from Holland and took active part in establishing the North Holland School.

Lucas Janszoon Waghenaer was one of the prominent personalities who helped in the initial development of Nautical Chart Making in Netherlands. Lucas Janszoon Waghenaer sailed extensively and his sailing experience of 25 years facilitated in making navigational charts that became famous all over the world. Spigel der Zeevardt or the Mirror of the Sea, his compilation of charts is not only effective but fantastically elaborated with pictures, navigating symbols, tidal details, sailing routes etc. The compilation provided sailing directions of the Baltic and the North Sea.

In 1588, Waghenaer's works became more popular after it was translated into English and earned the name of Waggoner. He passed away in the year 1606.



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