70 Cent 1996 - Voyages of Discovery - Petrus Plancius


70 Cent 1996 - Voyages of Discovery - Petrus Plancius
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General Description : Petrus Plancius (1552 – May 15, 1622) was a Dutch astronomer, cartographer and clergyman. He was born as Pieter Platevoet in Dranouter, now in Heuvelland, West Flanders. He studied theology in Germany and England. At the age of 24 he became a minister in the Dutch Reformed Church.

Because of fear for religious prosecution by the Inquisition he fled from Brussels to Amsterdam after the city fell into Spanish hands in 1585. There he became interested in navigation and cartography and, being fortunate enough to have access to nautical charts recently brought from Portugal, he was soon recognized as an expert on the shipping routes to India. He strongly believed in the idea of a North East passage through North America until the failure of Willem Barentsz's third voyage in 1597 seemed to preclude the possibility of such a route.
Face value 70 Cent
Catalog code (Michel) 1592
Stamp colour multicolour
Stamp use Commemorative stamp
Print run 4.867.675
Issue date 01/10/1996
Designer Walter Nikkels
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