Terrestrial globe made by Willem Janszoon Blaeu, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 1599.
This globe is centred on the Pacific Ocean and shows the lands known to Dutch navigators up until 1599. The Dutch were the first to make printed globes in large numbers and introduced the distinctive four-legged globe stand. Terrestrial globes were used to teach geography and were paired with celestial globes which were used to teach astronomy. This globe could be used to illustrate the Earth’s rotation, explain the basis of day and night, and to calculate the time of sunset and sunrise for anywhere in the world.
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globe: 13.38583 in.; 340 mm
- terrestrial globe
- natural sciences
- physical sciences
- visual and verbal communication
- globe - cartographic sphere
- Breslauer, M.
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