Researchers find rare map of America

2012-07-23 11:50
Munich's Ludwig Maximilian University said that library staff had found a copy of the small map by Martin Waldseemueller wedged inside an unrelated 19th Century book.

The 38-centimetre by 27.5-centimetre sheet is one of only five known copies of the map that can be folded to resemble a globe.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel gave a similar but much larger map to the United States in 2007 to mark the 500th anniversary of the naming of America.

Waldseemueller believed Italian explorer Amerigo Vespucci, rather than Christopher Columbus, was the first European to discover America and named the continent after him.

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