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Map that gave America its name goes on show in Britain

AFP Features
Yahoo! News
Wed Apr 13,11:31 AM ET

“LONDON (AFP) – A rare 16th-century map of the world believed to be the first to use the word “America” to describe the continent is to go on show at Christie’s auction house in London.

The map, designed in 1507 by German cartographer Martin Waldseemuller, as “truly groundbreaking” in a number of respects, not only for its use of “America”, but also for being the first to portray the earth as a globe and the first to depict the continents of North and South America as distinct, Christie’s said. ”

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