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Cool, Jacob [Jacobus Colius; called Ortelianus] (1563–1628), scholar and writer, was born on 31 December 1563 in Antwerp, the son of Jacob Cool or Cole (d. 1591), merchant, and Elisabeth Ortelius (d. 1594), sister to the Antwerp map maker and geographer ...

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Dorislaus, Isaac (1595–1649), scholar and diplomat, was born at Alkmaar in Holland, the son of Lieven Dorislaer (1555–1652), burgher and later Calvinist minister of Hensbrock (1627), then Enkhuizen (1628). The second of three sons (tellingly named Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob), he was educated from 1610 at ...

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Laet, Johannes De [Johannes Latius] (1581–1649), merchant and scholar, was born in Antwerp in the autumn of 1581, the son of Johannes De Laet (d. c.1605), merchant; his mother's name is unknown. After the fall of Antwerp in 1585, the family, like thousands of Flemish protestants, fled to the ...

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Vossius, Gerardus Joannes (1577–1649), humanist scholar and author, was born in Heidelberg, Germany, probably in March or April 1577, the son of Joannes Vossius (Alopecius; 1549–1585), Calvinistic minister, and Cornelia Van Buel (d. 1584). In his autobiography and correspondence Vossius mentions that he was born in early spring, without giving a precise date. His parents came from ...