Sometimes, maps become more famous than their makers. Many cartographers only become famous for their contributions to the art and science of cartography after they’ve created a masterpiece. Others become famous, then create equally famous works for royalty, nobility, or well-known explorers of their time.
Still, others make a famous map, then disappear from history forever.
Select your favorite map maker from the list to the left.
The list presents some of the most well-known mapmakers, publishers and explorers.