April 25, 1507: Waldseemüller & Amerigo

A copy of Waldseemüller's map incorporating an image of Vespucci.
A copy of Waldseemüller's map incorporating an image of Vespucci.

On April 25, 1507, German cartographer Martin Waldseemüller produced a world map with the first recorded use of the word America, in honor of Italian navigator Amerigo Vespucci. The only known surviving original print was acquired by the Library of Congress in 2003.

The “map resulted in many ‘firsts’ in geography. It was first projection of earth to depict a new land mass not of Africa and Asia, and a new western ocean (known now as the Pacific). ”

ajh

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s