Happy Birthday Mercator

Today is the 500th birthday of cartography hotshot Gerardus Mercator who the Dutch love to claim as a ‘sort of Dutch’ cartographer. He was born in the Low Countries in 1512, but his birth town is in Belgium. So credits for the Mercator projection will have to go to our neighbours: la Belgique, 12 points! To celebrate his birthday various activities will take place throughout the year. TheĀ Mercator2012 project will keep you updated about the diversity of projects during 2012.

So, drink one on Mercator tonight, because he is a figure of big importance for map making. Happy mapping Gerardus!