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Map that named America is a puzzle for researchers
reuters ^ | 12-03-2007 | David Alexander

Posted on 12/04/2007 8:47:54 AM PST by WOBBLY BOB

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The only surviving copy of the 500-year-old map that first used the name America goes on permanent display this month at the Library of Congress, but even as it prepares for its debut, the 1507 Waldseemuller map remains a puzzle for researchers.

Why did the mapmaker name the territory America and then change his mind later? How was he able to draw South America so accurately? Why did he put a huge ocean west of America years before European explorers discovered the Pacific?

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Germany; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: america; epigraphyandlanguage; germany; ggg; godsgravesglyphs; map; martinwaldseemueller; puzzle; waldseemuller
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1 posted on 12/04/2007 8:47:55 AM PST by WOBBLY BOB
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2 posted on 12/04/2007 8:54:58 AM PST by michigander (The Constitution only guarantees the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself.)
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To: WOBBLY BOB

Great post, thanks.


3 posted on 12/04/2007 8:55:35 AM PST by BGHater (Lead. The MSG for the 21st Century.)
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To: WOBBLY BOB

BFLR: I’m waiting for some smart Freepers to add some insight here...


4 posted on 12/04/2007 8:55:53 AM PST by fishtank (Fenced BORDERS, English LANGUAGE, Patriotic CULTURE: A good plan.)
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To: SunkenCiv

GGG Ping


5 posted on 12/04/2007 8:56:57 AM PST by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: michigander

Its all been done before,Atlantis, Mu, everything.


6 posted on 12/04/2007 8:57:08 AM PST by redstateconfidential (If you are the smartest person in the room,you are hanging out with the wrong people.)
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To: WOBBLY BOB

Interesting.


7 posted on 12/04/2007 8:57:14 AM PST by Mad_Tom_Rackham (Elections have consequences.)
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8 posted on 12/04/2007 8:59:09 AM PST by WOBBLY BOB (there's a reason it's called the Clinton News Network)
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To: WOBBLY BOB

Americi (or Amerigo) Vespucci, after whom America is named, is shown on the top right of the map.


9 posted on 12/04/2007 9:00:38 AM PST by agere_contra (Do not confuse the wealth of nations with the wealth of government - FDT)
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To: WOBBLY BOB

Yes I am.

*shifts eyes left, then right*

But how did you know???


10 posted on 12/04/2007 9:02:30 AM PST by null and void (No more Bushes/No more Clintons)
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To: fishtank

Silk road and other trade routes probably gave info about the Pacific, but the west coast of South America is unexplained if one continues to insist on no pre-Columbian contact by places like China, Japan and India.


11 posted on 12/04/2007 9:07:15 AM PST by From many - one.
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12 posted on 12/04/2007 9:10:05 AM PST by michigander (The Constitution only guarantees the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself.)
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The name of an Indian tribe and of a district in Nicaragua called Amerrique, this district — rich in gold — had been visited by both Columbus and Vespucci, who then made this name known in Europe. For both explorers the words Amerrique and gold became synonymous. Subsequently, Vespucci changed his Christian name from Alberico to Amerigo.


13 posted on 12/04/2007 9:13:16 AM PST by Leg Olam (I carry a gun because a cop is too heavy)
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To: michigander
That large island off the NE coast of Siberia -- where the Chukot Peninsula is accurately placed -- bears a strong resemblance to Alaska. Even with a suggestion of the Aleutian chain...
14 posted on 12/04/2007 9:17:23 AM PST by okie01 (.)
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To: fishtank

A Chinese emperor’s fleet supposedly circumnavigated the globe before Magellan. If so, and due to Italy’s trade with China in the 1300s & 1400s, perhaps the map maker had heard of an ocean beyond the Americas.


15 posted on 12/04/2007 9:22:17 AM PST by AnalogReigns
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To: michigander

That’s a big red dot, if it can be seen from space.


16 posted on 12/04/2007 9:23:08 AM PST by shekkian
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To: okie01
You can zoom in quite close here.
17 posted on 12/04/2007 9:27:06 AM PST by michigander (The Constitution only guarantees the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself.)
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The map seems to depict a large mountain range on the western edge of north america. That’s also quite interesting.


18 posted on 12/04/2007 9:35:58 AM PST by willgolfforfood
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That large island off the NE coast of Siberia -- where the Chukot Peninsula is accurately placed -- bears a strong resemblance to Alaska.

It's supposed to be Japan, which was known via trade.

19 posted on 12/04/2007 9:37:18 AM PST by LexBaird (Behold, thou hast drinken of the Aide of Kool, and are lost unto Men.)
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To: michigander

Good link. Interesting.


20 posted on 12/04/2007 9:42:05 AM PST by scan59 (Let consumers dictate market policies. Government just gets in the way.)
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