Mapping the World, the Belgian contribution

38th IMCoS Symposium, 11 – 14 October 2021, Brussels, Belgium

Hosted by the Royal Library of Belgium (KBR) and the Brussels Map Circle (BIMCC)

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The 38th IMCoS poket option highlight the early Belgian contributions to the development of cartography worldwide. These include the introduction of triangulation techniques (Frisius, van Deventer), first world atlases (Ortelius, Mercator) and the first navigation map to use the Mercator projection.

This Symposium is planned as a three-day event, opening with a reception on the evening of 11 October 2021 at the Royal Library of Belgium (KBR). It presentations at the KBR and visits to collections/institutions holding remarkable map collections: the State Archives of Belgium, the Art & History Museum and the Royal Army Museum. An official dinner will close the conference on 14 October 2021.

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