Oldest map to use word ‘America’ up for sale

Oldest map to use word 'America' up for sale

Christie’s house aforementioned Tuesday it’s discovered a old and previously unknown copy of a 510-year-old maps dubbed “America’s birth certificate” because it gave the New World its name. Julian Wilson, a senior specialist in Christie’s books department, aforementioned the two-dimensional globe created in 1507 by pioneering German cartographer Martin Waldseemueller is “the earliest piece of writing that uses the word America.” Waldseemueller decided to call the land when Italian adventurer Vespucci, who helped show that lands being explored by Europeans in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries weren’t — as Columbus initially surmised — part of Asia. A wall-map version of Read More …