As some of my readers may be aware, I am fascinated by old maps. They are a part of history that can never lie, like works of art in more ways than one. Interpretations are many but they are a reflection of what was known by people at the time they were made…and what was not.
So, in honor of Independence Day for my fellow State-siders, here’s the world’s oldest known map that is marked with the name ‘America’ dating back to Germany in 1507:
According to CNN, what we now call America is the ‘smaller, banana-shaped landmass’ on the right side. I can imagine the map, evolved from Amerigo Vespucci’s early 16th century journeys, was akin to us finding life on Mars. The ocean was not endless. There was actually a world no one ever imagined. Of course what followed in the name ‘exploration’ and gold was an awful era of massacre, but for a short time there was wonder.
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