The atlas a Belgian invention
Abraham Ortelius lived in sixteenth-century Antwerp, at that time the trading center of the world. Ortelius sent his card book to the most powerful man on earth, the Spanish monarch Philip II, who also had the Netherlands under his rule. According to legend, the powerful monarch always walked with an Antwerp atlas under his arm to find out which area he would add to his great Habsburg Empire next.
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