Joannes de Laet

''Historia Naturalis Brasiliae'', to which De Laet contributed significantly Joannes or Johannes De Laet (Latinized as ''Ioannes Latius'') (1581 in Antwerp – buried 15 December 1649, in Leiden) was a Dutch geographer and director of the Dutch West India Company. Philip Burden called his ''History of the New World'', "...arguably the finest description of the Americas published in the seventeenth century" and " of the foundation maps of Canada". De Laet was the first to print maps with the names ''Manhattan'', ''New Amsterdam'' (now New York City) and ''Massachusetts''. Provided by Wikipedia
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