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Naming of a new world

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on December 14th, 02007

 Reuters is running this interesting story about a map created in 01507 that is the first to have named the new world “America”.  Even more interesting is how accurately it shows unexplored territories such as South America (within 70 miles of accuracy), and shows the Pacific Ocean which was not known to have existed at the time.  Strangley later maps are less accurate and stop using the term America for some time…

“This is … essentially the beginning or first map of the modern age, and it’s one that everything builds on from that point forward,” Hebert said. “It becomes a keystone map.”

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