Today’s Birthday: Gerardus Mercator

It's March 5, and mapmaker Gerardus Mercator was born on this date in 1512.  As we all know, the earth is round, and so the most accurate depiction of earth and its geography is on a globe.  That said, it's not always easy to carry around a globe, so Mercator came up with one of the first maps of the earth that was suitable for hanging on a wall, being printed in a book, or being folded up and put in your pocket.  Many of these maps found their way into an atlas, and you'll become familiar with atlases and geography when you take one of our geography courses.  They're among our high school correspondence courses and online high school courses, and either is useful as you attempt to earn a high school diploma at home.  Enroll today and let us help map out a bright future for you!