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America's History in the Making

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Waldseemüller World Map

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Martin Waldseemüller, UNIVERSALIS COSMOGRAPHIA SECUNDUM PTHOLOMAEI TRADITIONEM ET AMERICI VESPUCII ALIORU[M]QUE LUSTRATIONES, (1507) Courtesy Library of Congress.

Creator Martin Waldseemüller
Context This map was created just fifteen years after Columbus's first landing in the Americas.
Audience Educated Europeans
Purpose To better understand the world's extent

Historical Significance

This map, completed by German cartographer Martin Waldseemüller in 1507, reveals how profoundly Europe's view of the world had changed just a quarter century later. The world's five major continents are more defined- though Europeans' knowledge remained distorted and incomplete.

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