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Abraham Ortelius (1527 – 1598) was a Brabantian cartographer and geographer. He was the creator of what is considered the first modern world atlas, the Theatrum Orbis Terrarum.[1]


At least two of Ortelius' illustrations made it into Peter Beckford's collections nearly seventy-years later: one of the maps from the atlas' first printing in 1570,[2] and a detail featuring Magellan's ship, Victoria.[3] Both of these would eventually be acquired by the Welsh pirate Edward Kenway.[4]



  1. Wikipedia-W-visual-balanced.svg Abraham Ortelius on Wikipedia
  2. Assassin's Creed IV: Black FlagDatabase: "World Map" (1570)
  3. Assassin's Creed IV: Black FlagDatabase: "Magellan's Ship"
  4. Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag

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