Tuesday, May 22, 2018

1507, The Map that Named America

      The first document on which the name "America" appears
is Martin Waldseemüller's world map,
                  [a form which made five centuries ago.... Yes 511 years !!

The only surviving copy of this map is now on display,
                                    [in Thomas Jefferson Building in Washington, D.C.

In northeast France, this document was written and titled
          [cosmographia secunda Ptholemei traditionem et Americi Vespucci.

This Map was based on the second century A.D. work
                                              [of Claudius Ptolemy, the Greek geographer,
and also mathematician, astronomer, astrologer and poet,
                      [a genius, according to his biography (unknown biographer)


* ''IT COULD BE OTHERWISE in verse''
Texts and Narration: Odysseus Heavilayias - ROTTERDAM //
Language adjustments and text adaptation: Kellene G Safis -CHICAGO//
Digital adaptation and text editing: Cathy Rapakoulia Mataraga - PIRAEUS

Notes :

The only copy of the Charter today is held by the Library of Congress. The Library bought it in 2003, for $ 10 million, from Johannes zu Waldburg-Wolfegg's German library, which was discovered in 1901 by Joseph Fischer, the Jesuit historian. In 2007, in order to expose the map to the public, a cage with special glass as one side, measuring 1.85 x 2.95 meters, airtight sealed and its interior filled with argon, was manufactured from a single aluminum foil in order to minimize damage from contact with the atmosphere.The Waldzeillerle Map is listed on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

It is the first map to depict a separate and full Western Hemisphere and the first map to represent the Pacific Ocean as a separate body of water. The purchase of the map concluded a nearly century-long effort to secure for the Library of Congress that very special cartographic document which revealed new European thinking about the world nearly 500 years ago. 

"Universalis cosmographia secunda Ptholemei traditionem et Americi Vespucci aliorum que lustrationes"

Ptolemy's World Map


 ELEGHOS... at history 

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