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Map of the British Isles, in the 1570 edition of Ortelius Atlas (Theatrum Orbis Terrarum). Abraham Ortelius (1527-1598) was a Flemish mapmaker who is considered to have produced the first true atlas (collection of uniform maps in one book). Ortelius worked in Antwerp, the Netherlands. This map is titled: Angliae, Scotiae et Hiberniae (England, Scotland and Ireland). The text at upper right is in Latin and mentions Saxons and Albion (another term for Britain). A royal coat of arms is seen at lower left.
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