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Maritime Nations


World Seaports

The Maritime Heritage Project focuses on history of immigration, ships, captains, merchants and merchandise sailing into and out of world seaports during the mid-to-late 1800s.

Passenger lists on the site are into and out of San Francisco specifically as that is our home base.

Welcome to The Maritime Heritage Project

Welkom bij het ​​Maritiem Erfgoed Project

Huānyíng lái dào hǎishì yíchǎn xiàngmù

Selamat datang di Heritage Maritime Proyek

Velkommen til Maritime Heritage Prosjektet

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Välkommen till Maritime Heritage Project

Willkommen in der Kulturerbe-Projekt Maritime

Bienvenidos al Proyecto Patrimonio Marítimo

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Dobro pozhalovat' na proyekt morskogo naslediya

Theatrum Orbis.Terrarum Orbis.
Terrarum OrbisTerrarum Orbis Antique Map.

Petrus Plancius (1552 May 15, 1622) was a Flemish 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.

Terrarum Orbis.Theatrum Orbis Terrarum.

Because of religious prosecution by the Inquisition, he travelled to Amsterdam in 1585. There he became interested in navigation and cartography and was soon recognized as an expert on shipping routes to India. In 1592 he published his best known world map titled "Nova et exacta Terrarum Tabula geographica et hydrographica." In addition to maps, he published journals and navigational guides and developed a new method for determining longitude. He was one of the founders of the Dutch East India Company.


The Project

Maritime Nations, Ships, Sea Captains, Merchants, Merchandise, Ship Passengers and VIPs sailing into San Francisco during the 1800s.



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Sources: As noted on entries and through research centers including National Archives, San Bruno, California; San Francisco Main Library History Collection; Maritime Library, San Francisco, California, various Maritime Museums around the world.

Please inform us if you link from your site. Please do NOT link from your site unless your site specifically relates to immigration in the 1800s, family history, maritime history, international seaports, and/or California history.