Posts Tagged ‘waldseemuller map’

Book Reading in DC: Toby Lester – The Fourth Part Of The World

Friday, October 30th, 2009

[Editor’s note: For the Washington DC folks: “The first map to depict the world essentially as we know it today was the Waldseemuller Map, which dates from 1507. Among its many cartographical breakthroughs, it represented the New World—labeled as America—as a separate continent, and suggested the existence of the Pacific Ocean. Lester’s narrative history chronicles how European mapmakers pieced together this new picture of the world from the earlier expeditions of Vespucci, Marco Polo, and the ancients.” Thanks Kate!]

Republished from Politics and Prose.

November 5, 2009 – 7:00pm (1 hour)
Location: Politics and Prose @ 5015 Connecticut Ave. NWWashington, D.C. 20008

The Fourth Part of the World: The Race to the Ends of the Earth, and the Epic Story of the Map That Gave America Its Name

Map that named America on Display in DC

Tuesday, December 18th, 2007

waldseemuller mapFrom Reuters: The only surviving copy of the 500-year-old map that first used the name America goes on permanent display this month at the Library of Congress (LOC), but even as it prepares for its debut, the 1507 Waldseemuller map remains a puzzle for researchers. More of that article. Info from LOC on the map and how to visit here.

I’ll be sure to make the pilgrimage after I return to DC in January. Thanks Caryn :)