New Waldseemüller Map Discovered

Few Americans are aware of the fact that their continent is named after the Florentine explorer Amerigo Vespucci. Even fewer probably know  that it was the German cartographer Martin Waldseemüller (1470-1520)  and  Matthias Ringmann who  are credited with the first recorded  usage of the word America. In honor of Amerigo Vespucci  they noted the name “America” for  the newly discovered continent  on the map “Universalis Cosmographia”  in 1507.

In 2007, celebrating the 500-year-anniversary of the Waldseemüller Map,  German Chancellor Angela Merkel passed the map on to the Library of Congress.

Now, however, a new map that was probably accidentally bound into another book, was found in an archive of the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich.

See a PDF of the map on the “Open Access Site” of the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München

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