LAET, Joannes de (Latin: Ioannes Latius). 1581 or 1593 — buried 15.12.1649. Flemish Geographer, Philologist and Naturalist, who wrote from secondary sources a well known book on India. Son of a cloth merchant from Antwerpen, he was student of Erpenius and Scaliger at Leiden. Worked as merchant, in 1620 one of the founders of the Dutch West India Company being one of its directors until his death.
Publications: De imperio Magni Mogulis. Lugd. Bat. 1631; translated by J. S. Hoyland: The empire of the Great Mogol. 252 p. Bombay 1928.
– De Turcici imperii status. Ld. 1630, Persia, seu regni Persici status. L. B. 1633, and similar works, also on America.
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