Behaim, Martin (1459-1506)

Behaim, Martin (c. 1459-1506), cosmographer, born at Nuremberg, in 1480 went to Portugal, where he soon acquired a reputation as a skilful maker of maps. In 1484 he accompanied Diego Cam in a voyage of discovery along the west coast of Africa as far as the mouth of the Congo. In 1486 he sailed to Fayal, one of the Azores, but in 1490 returned to Nuremberg, where he constructed a large globe, still preserved. Again in Fayal from 1494 to 1506, he then removed to Lisbon, only to die. Michael Behaim (1416-74) was a German meistersdnger, a native of Sulzbach, and by profession a weaver.
1. Chamber's Biographical Dictionary, Philadelphia, 1926, page 84.

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