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America on the Maps
Sunday, 25.04.2010

On April 25th, 1507, as a member of the Gymnasium Vosagense at Saint Diey in the duchy of Lorraine, German cartographer Martin Waldseemuller produced a globular world map and a large 12-panel world wall map where "America" was first used as the name of a continent on a map. Waldseemueller used the name in honor of Florentine explorer Amerigo Vespucci. A single copy of the map has survived, presently housed at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.

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