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  Jean Baptiste Bourguignon d'Anville  
Jean Baptiste Bourguignon d'Anville

From an early age Jean Baptiste Bourguignon d'Anville (1697-1782) was immersed in the study of geography and cartography. He engraved his first map at age fifteen and produced many important maps throughout his career. He became one of the most respected cartographers of his time, continuing the French school of cartography developed by Sanson and De l'Isle. He was also a classical scholar, with many of his maps relating to ancient geography.

Ancient World Although he apparently never left the city of Paris, he had access to the reports and maps of French explorers, traders, and missionaries. It was through his close association with the Jesuits that he produced his first important map. This map of China, based on Jesuits surveys, ...

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