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Decorative portrait of Petrus Plancius, one of the most important map makers and astronomers of the later part of the 16th Century.

Plancius fled from Brussels to Amsterdam during the inquisition. Among other notable achievements, he was a founding member of the Dutch East India Company, a noted expert on the Sea Route from Western Europe to India around Cape Horn, encouraged extensive voyages of discovery for the discovery of the Northeast Passage and was also a noteworthy globe maker and astronomer.