The Naming of America: Martin Waldseemuller's 1507 World Map and the Cosmographiae Introductio
The first sheet-by-sheet colour facsimile of Waldseemuller's 1507 World Map - one of the most important maps in the history of cartography Summarizes the current state of knowledge on Waldseemuller and his collaborator Features a completely new translation of the Cosmographiae Introductio - Waldseemuller's guidebook to his famous map - and identifies Waldseemuller's sources This book features a facsimile of the 1507 World Map by Martin Waldseemuller, the first map ever to display the name America, and tells the fascinating story behind its creation in 16th-century France and rediscovery 300 years later in the library of Wolfegg Castle, Germany, in 1901. It also includes a completely new translation and commentary to Martin Waldseemuller and Matthias Ringmann's seminal cartographic text, the Cosmographiae Introductio, which originally accompanied the World Map. Author John Hessler considers answers some of the key questions raised by the map's representation of the New World, including: "How was it possible for a small group of cartographers to have produced a view of the world so radical for its time and so close to the one we recognize today?" and "What evidence did they possess to show the existence of the Pacific Ocean when neither Vasco Nunez de Balboa nor Ferdinand Magellan had yet reached it?" This fascinating book affords us a glimpse into an age when accepted scientific and geographic principles fell away, spawning the birth of modernity.
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It is amazing that Americans do not know the true origin of the name of their country. It is perhaps because they refuse to acknowledge that they stole
the name "America" from the continent at-large. Perhaps the USA should be called
"Non-Latin America," or Anglo-America, although the latter does not quite
apply anymore, due to continued immigration. Even "North America" does
not apply, because it includes Mexico and Canada.
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