500 Year Old Map Naming America on Display


The oldest map using the name America will go on permanent display on December 13th at the Library of Congress.

The Library acquired the 1507 Waldseemüller Map of the World map for $10 million (purchase completed in 2003).  In addition to being the first map to use the annotation “America”, it is also significant for being the first map to show both the Western hemisphere and the Pacific Ocean as separate.

The map was printed on twelve separate sheets from wood blocks and assembled, has a dimension of more than 4 1/2 feet by 8 feet.



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