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James I (1566–1625) was the king of Great Britain from 1603 until his death in 1625. The first English ruler from the House of Stuart, he succeeded Queen Elizabeth I after her death. He was the first British monarch to rule both England and…

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Gerard Mercator was born March 5, 1512 in a part of Flanders, now known as Belgium. Mercator was the son of a cobbler or shoemaker. He graduated from the University of Louvain in 1532, where he studied astronomy, geography, and mathematics. After he…

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Sebastian Munster (1488-1552) was a German cartographer, cosmographer, and scholar. In 1544, he published Cosmographia which was the earliest German description of the world. Editions of his work were published in several languages including English,…

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Theodore De Bry (1528-1598) was born in Liege, Flanders which is now part of the Netherlands. He was born into a wealthy Protestant family and was trained as a goldsmith and engraver. As the Spanish and British began to explore North and South…

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In 1906, Robert Baden-Powell presented this bust of John Smith to the Commonwealth of Virginina. Although best known as the founder of the Boy Scout movement, Baden-Powell was also an artist of considerable skill.  While in South Africa, he modeled…

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This map is attributed to Captain John Smith (1580-1631) and is one of the earliest representations of Virginia. Smith began exploring the bay and its rivers in June 1608. While he and his exploring party never found gold, the lost colony, or a…

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Sir Walter Raleigh was an English explorer, soldier, seaman, writer, a favored member of Queen Elizabeth I’s court. Raleigh was granted a charter by Queen Elizabeth I to explore the New World. Although he was the sponsor and bore the responsibility…

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Thoedore De Bry (1528-1598) was born in Liege, Flanders which is now part of the Netherlands today. He was born into a wealthy Protestant family and was trained as a goldsmith and engraver. As the Spanish and British began to explore North and South…

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Gerard Mercator was born March 5, 1512 in Flanders, now known as Belgium. Mercator was the son of a cobbler or shoemaker. He graduated from the University of Louvain in 1532, where he studied astronomy, geography, and mathematics. After he graduated,…
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