Book sheds light on the naming of America

A new book by cartography historian John W. Hessler focuses on a map from 1507 that helped give America its name. The map, created by clerics in France, was preserved by a 16th-century globe maker and eventually rediscovered in a German castle in 1901. In addition to using the name "America," the map is also notable for its unexpectedly accurate portrayal of the shape of South America.

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