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.
Book sheds light on the naming of America
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