500-year-old 'birth certificate of America' discovered

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PostTue Jul 03, 2012 7:34 pm » by One-23

500-year-old 'birth certificate of America' discovered

A version of a 500-year-old world map that was the first to mention the name "America" has been discovered a German university library.


Experts did not even know about the existence of a fifth copy of the map by German cartographer Martin Waldseemueller until it showed up a few days ago, Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich said.

The discovery is much smaller and thought to have been made after the 1507 original version, which Germany officially handed over to the United States in 2007 and now lies in the Library of Congress in Washington.

The newly unearthed map, one of the so-called globe segments, is believed to have been produced by Waldseemueller himself, who died in 1522.

These were "at least as important for the dissemination of geographical knowledge in his own time" as the world wall map, which is UNESCO-registered and often dubbed "America's birth certificate", the university said.

The new find shows the world divided into 12 segments which taper to a point at each end and are printed on a single sheet, which, when folded out, form a small globe, with the three rightmost segments depicting a boomerang-shaped territory named America.

Source http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldne ... vered.html

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